All The Craziest Highlights From James Comey's Stunning First Interview

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It was a hard task for the producers and editors - but they conveyed Comey's complex decision-making as Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his complicated feelings about President Donald Trump, who fired him last May.

ABC News aired an interview with Comey on Sunday night.

He expounded, "I worry that the norms at the center of this country - we can fight as Americans about guns, or taxes or immigration, and we always have, but what we have in common is a set of norms - most importantly, the truth". This president is not able to do that.

Comey even describes Trump as a mob boss.running the oval office like a Godfather!

Comey told ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that he had concluded during the presidential campaign that Trump was dishonest.

After appearances on "GMA", NPR's "Morning Edition", and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday, Comey will appear on ABC's "The View" on Wednesday.

As he did in his book, Comey detailed in the interview Trump's fixation on unproven allegations that he watched prostitutes urinate on one another in a Moscow hotel in 2013, asserting that Trump at one point said he was contemplating ordering Comey to investigate and disprove the incident because he did not want "even a 1 per cent chance" that his wife, first lady Melania Trump, would believe it happened.

He casts Trump as a mobster-like figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him personally regarding his investigation into Russian election interference. On May 11, The New York Times published an article citing "Comey's associates", who describe Comey recounting a January 27 dinner in which Trump allegedly said to him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty". Read Also: US President Donald Trump, Michelle and Barack Obama, British PM Theresa May not invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding Comey said his reaction to the news was disbelief.

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Instead, Mr. Comey called Mr. Trump "morally unfit".

"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. Americans should be united, he said, in the idea that "our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country". He is morally unfit to be president'.

Comey has indeed faced criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike - and the release of his book gives him a high-profile platform to defend himself. He also says he thinks "it's possible" that the Russian government has information about Trump that they could be used as blackmail.

He added that USA citizens need to "fight" for American values, and that "impeachment, in a way, would short-circuit that".

In his press tour, Comey is sure to be asked to weigh in on Trump and the various twists and turns in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as well as any potential links between Russia and Trump campaign associates.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday that Comey was a man of integrity "as far as I know", while adding that "I don't know the guy". But Trump later told NBC's Lester Holt that "this Russian Federation thing" had been a factor in his decision.

At the time, Comey said his team advised him there was no way to go through the trove of new emails by election day and he agonized over the decision to make their existence known so close to the national vote.

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