We Have James Comey’s Bombshell Sunday Night Interview On ABC & It’s Big (VIDEO)

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Mr. Trump has been on a grand tirade about former FBI director James Comey, unleashing a brutal series of tweets all weekend as the former staffer prepares to tell all in his new book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” Trump tweeted that he “would go down as the WORST FBI director in history.”

On Sunday evening, Comey sat for a bombshell interview on a special edition of “20/20” on ABC News, which was his first televised interview since he learned on national television that he was fired by Mr. Trump last year. In the coming weeks, he will sit for a series of interviews to promote his new book, which sources say includes “scathing and unsparingly critical depictions of the President.”

Comey gave an explosive interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos, where he was asked many pointed questions. Comey talked about Mr. Trump’s recent Twitter tirade pointed at him, and said what caught his attention was the mention of “tapes” in the president’s tweet. Comey said:

‘When he tweeted that there might be tapes, the thought hit me like a lightning bolt – Like, “Wait a minute, if there are tapes, he will be heard on that tape in the oval office asking me to let it go.’

Comey talked about the days leading up to the election, and described being home watching the 2016 election results and being stunned with the results. Shocking to some, is that Comey claims that he wasn’t really thinking about whether the Clinton email investigation would alter the election results. He admits to thinking though after hearing that Trump won the election, thinking:

‘Oh my God. Did we have some part in this?’

The email case was first opened by the FBI in July of 2015 and was first tipped off in an email about it. Stephanopoulos asked:

‘Y– you also write that you– you knew from the start that the Clinton case was unlikely to be prosecuted. Some of your critics, including President Trump, think that– that you brought a prejudgment to the case?’

Comey responded:

‘Yeah. There’s wrong– what– what the F.B.I. brought to the case– folks forget I didn’t actually do this investigation. I supervised an organization that did it, is a knowledge about how these cases are handled in the counterespionage world. That’s the world where mishandling of classified information is investigated. ‘

He went on saying:

‘…And so the investigators knew that, unless they found something that was a smoking gun, where someone told Secretary Clinton, “You know, you shouldn’t be doing this,” or where she acknowledged it or where somehow there’s an indication of her obstructing justice, the case was unlikely to be prosecuted.’

Stephanopoulos pressed Comey further, asking:

‘But do you think that the F.B.I. would be in better shape today, the institution you love, would be in better shape today if you had simply put out that one line statement, “We decline to prosecute”?’

He said:

‘I don’t know. I’ve asked myself that a million times. It’s hard– hindsight is a wonderful thing. I’m not sure that it would have. And– here’s why I say that. Because we would’ve taken a tremendous amount of criticism for being fixed. The system fixed, no detail. And I still would’ve been dragged up to Capitol Hill all that summer to justify the F.B.I.’s work.’

In the beginning of Comey’s career, he was involved in the prosecution of major mafia figure. Stephanopoulos asked Comey about how strange it was that he was sitting there comparing the president to a mob moss. He profoundly responded that it’s very strange and not something he is doing lightly.

Comey described his encounter with Trump upon asking him about Russian prostitutes, saying that he became pretty defensive about it. Comey said:

‘I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013. It’s possible, but I don’t know.’

Stephanopoulos put him in the hot seat, grilling him about he handled the Hillary Clinton investigation and how he went about announcing his decision not to prosecute. Stephanopoulos told him that he seemed to be alone in his decision to air publicly all of the information about Hillary, but carefully contain the information coming out about Trump.

The ABC host explained that the way he handled it sounded like he was accusing Clinton of a crime without prosecuting her.

Surprisingly, Comey also explained that his wife and daughters even attended the March for Women after the inauguration, and the whole family was truly excited about the possibility of seeing the first woman president.

He even gave details behind the famous leak, describing a dinner in which he had assumed when he was invited, that Trump had invited him for a group dinner. However, he arrived, and it was just he and Trump alone at the dinner. Trump told him that he expected and needed loyalty, and Comey says he was caught by surprise by the encounter. Again the president said:

‘I need loyalty.’

To which, Comey said:

‘You will always get honesty from me.’

Comey went home and typed up a detailed memo about the encounter with Mr. Trump, which he later leaked to a friend who turned it over to The New York Times.

Comey also discussed the enounter with Trump where he was asked to drop the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. He commented that the situation was strange from the beginning because he kicked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence out of the room, and also leaders of the intelligence committee. Comey explained that it was a rare occurrence to for an FBI agent to ever be alone with the president.

Comey admits “stunningly,” that he can’t say whether the Russians have anything on Trump. He should be able to without a doubt say this about the president, but he admits that he honestly cannot say because it is possible that the president may have been compromised by the Russians.

Comey talked about next steps for him, saying that intends to travel around and speak about leadership. He said that values matter and he wants to offer them a perspective of what leadership should like it, and the current president does not reflect the values of the country.

Featured image via ABC News

 

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