Asked if he thinks Russians “have something on Donald Trump,” Comey said, “I think the idea’s possible.”
“the idea can be stunning along with I wish I wasn’t saying the idea, although the idea’s just … the idea’s the truth. I cannot say that will [Trump can be not subject to Russian blackmail]. the idea always struck me along with still strikes me as unlikely, along with I woulda been able to say with high confidence about any different president I dealt with, although I can’t. the idea’s possible.”
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment about the Comey interview.
Comey also told ABC there can be “certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice” when Trump asked him last year at the White House to if he could see his way to “letting Flynn go,” referring to a criminal probe of fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
“If he didn’t know he was doing something improper, why did he kick out the attorney general along with the vice president of the United States along with the leaders of the intelligence community?” Comey asked, referring to Trump’s actions before he asked about Flynn’s case.
“I mean, why am I alone if he’s — doesn’t know the nature of the request?”
Comey’s interview comes in advance of publication of his brand new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, along with Leadership” on Tuesday.
Comey’s own firing last May by Trump set in motion the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller by the Justice Department.
Mueller can be investigating Russian interference from the 2016 presidential election, along with possible collusion by Trump campaign officials in that will meddling. Earlier This particular year, Mueller secured a guilty plea through Flynn for lying to the FBI, along with got Flynn to cooperate with his ongoing probe of collusion along with different matters.
Trump has repeatedly along with angrily denied any such collusion. He also fumed about Mueller, along with considered firing the special counsel, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose recusal through the Russia investigation let to Mueller’s appointment by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.
Comey said he does not know “what’s behind” Trump’s reluctance to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin in public.
“that will mystified me even after President Trump became president, ’cause I discovered that will he wouldn’t criticize him even in private,” Comey said.
“I can understand a president generating a geopolitical decision that will, ‘I ought not to criticize an adversary country’s leader for some reason publicly,’ Comey said. “although I discovered President Trump wouldn’t even do the idea privately, along with I don’t know why that will can be.’
After Comey said Trump was unfit to be president, he was asked if Trump should be impeached.
“I’ll give you a strange answer,” Comey said.
“I expect not because I think impeaching along with removing Donald Trump through office would certainly let the American people off the hook along with have something happen indirectly that will I believe they’re duty bound to do directly. People in This particular country need to stand up along with go to the voting booth along with vote their values,” Comey said.
“We’ll fight about guns. We’ll fight about taxes. We’ll fight about all those different things down the road. although you cannot have, as president of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values that will I believe Republicans treasure along with Democrats treasure along with Independents treasure,” he said. “that will can be the core of This particular country. that will’s our foundation. along with so impeachment, in a way, would certainly short-circuit that will.”
Comey’s interview with ABC News along with his brand new book have enraged Trump in recent days.
On Sunday morning, the president unloaded a series of nasty tweets about Comey.
In those tweets, Trump called Comey “slippery,” a “slime ball” along with predicted that will he would certainly be remembered “as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!”