Ex-FBI chief: Trump asked to disprove salacious dossier

A MAY 3 2017 FILE

A MAY 3 2017 FILE

President Donald Trump appears to have heard about some of the excerpts released from the upcoming book written by former FBI Director James Comey.

In another tweet, Trump declared, "It was my great honor to fire James Comey!".

Gowdy said that he and Comey had agreed in the past that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director must be apolitical, and he's "really disappointed" that Comey is speaking out publicly like this.

- Comey wrote that he often wondered why, when given numerous chances to condemn Russia's invasions of its neighbours and repression, even murder, of its own citizens, Trump refused to state plain facts. His virulent attack reflected months of simmering anger against a career law enforcement bureaucrat who has emerged as one of his fiercest opponents.

Some, including Clinton herself, believe that Comey's decision to publicly announce that the FBI had reopened its investigation ultimately cost her the presidency.

A week later the Justice Department appointed a special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who has doggedly pursued the probe as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

Nearly 7 in 10 (69%) of respondents in the ABC News/Washington Post poll said they support the special counsel's probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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James Comey said he doesn't know with certainty whether President Trump "was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013", in an interview with ABC News that will air in full on Sunday. He also recalls Trump requesting that the FBI investigate salacious allegations about his actions with Russian prostitutes.

Comey quotes Trump saying, "Another reason you know this isn't true: I'm a germaphobe".

In his book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, Comey gives a largely unfavorable assessment of the president - comparing him to a mob boss and calling him "unethical" and "untethered to truth and institutional values". Reuters has obtained a copy.

Comey, fired by Trump in May 2017, says the president has no sense of what is right and wrong.

Comey, who is now on a media blitz, is set to give his first interview since his firing with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

We are fortunate some ethical leaders have chosen to serve and to stay at senior levels of government, but they can not prevent all of the damage from the forest fire that is the Trump presidency. Moscow has repeatedly denied US intelligence agencies' findings that it interfered in the campaign to try to tilt the November 2016 vote in Trump's favor. Comey said Trump told him that "if there is even a 1 percent chance my wife thinks that's true, that's awful".

"No, I don't even think I used the words 'Steele Dossier, '" Comey responded. Comey is also very critical of Trump's impact on the country. "I'm really looking forward to working with you, ' he said".

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