Trump attacks Comey again, saying he and others 'committed many crimes'

Joanna Estrada
April 17, 2018

Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty, will be released on Tuesday and in it, he calls the president "unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values".

A new ABC News-Washington Post poll show 48 percent of those surveyed believe Comey was more believable than Trump, while 32 percent said the president was more believable.

In his five-hour interview with ABCs chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos, on the program 20/20, Comey said the president "treats women like theyre pieces of meat", and "lies constantly about matters big and small". He concludes that Trump "is not able to do that" and is "morally unfit to be president".

Trump attempted on Monday to discredit Comey by aligning him with his ongoing narrative of attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation for having - as he perceives it - a bias against him.

The White House and Republican Party have launched an effort to discredit Comey as outlets, including NPR, began reporting on the book's contents last week.

Trump has denied that conversation, but Comey insisted that it definitely occurred.

"It would depend and- and I'm just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor, it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent", Comey tells Stephanopoulos.

Trump also reacted to a teaser clip ABC released about Sunday night's Comey interview. The president has called him a "liar and a leaker".

"I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor", Comey says.

And the president referenced Comeys handling of the investigation into Hillary Clintons use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Lynch responds to criticism from Comey in his forthcoming book that, early in the email inquiry, she had instructed him to refer to it as a "matter" rather than an "investigation".

Trump's morning tweet comes ahead of Comey's interview with ABC to be broadcast in full on Sunday evening. He said, like others, he expected Clinton would win throughout the general election, saying he was seeing the same polling data that led many political experts to predict she would be the 45th president.

Trump cited Comey's handling of the Clinton e-mail probe in firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief in April 2017 - a decision that led to the appointment of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to investigate allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the campaign.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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