James Comey lets rip on Trump in first televised interview since firing

And he's not mincing words.

Trump again accused Comey of lying to Congress. He calls him "untethered to truth", "unethical" and a "forest fire" burning through the foundation of American democracy, norms and values.

But here's how we locate what's really meaningful in his account of his time as Federal Bureau of Investigation director: If Comey is talking about something that happened - what transpired in a meeting, what Trump said to him, what evidence the Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered about Russian Federation - then it's important. It's going to damage the president in other people's view.

Comey, who was sacked in May 2017 by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before Trump later took credit for the dismissal, said there are already positives coming out of the problems he perceives. But the book and his interview reveal some telling details.

"We're numb to it", Comey said, of Trump's antics.

In his book, Comey takes direct aim at Trump's appearance, a particularly sensitive topic for the president, although a tactic he often employs himself when insulting others. "I don't know", Comey said.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said Comey's interview ended up being a "much lower grade burn" than she originally thought it would be based on anticipation, according to the Washington Examiner. While I'm typing, I can hear my editor's voice ringing in my head: 'Bring the reader with you, show them inside your head.'.

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"It's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice.It would depend - 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 said.

All that's plausible. But notice what Comey told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News on Sunday - that he would not favor impeaching Trump because it "would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty-bound to do directly" through elections. The April 15 tweet came hours before Comey's first interview Sunday night. "There's something more important than that that should unite all of us, and that is our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country". He also describes the president as shorter than he expected, his tie was "too long", and he had "bright white half-moons" under his eyes that Comey says he believes came from tanning goggles.

ABC producers and editors worked for several days to highlight the best parts of the interview for their prime-time special. "He had impressively coiffed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his", Comey writes.

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"It's true", Comey told ABC News.

"The problem with this whole situation is the president stained those institutions - the entire Department of Justice and the inspector general - by doing something wildly inappropriate, which is calling for Andy McCabe's head".

The Post-ABC poll finds 49 percent saying Trump has done "too little" to criticize Russian Federation for allegedly violating global law, 38 percent saying he's handled the issue "about right" and 4 percent thinking that Trump has criticized Russian Federation "too much".

Mr Trump fired off a series of furious tweets early ahead of an interview Mr Comey conducted with U.S. television network the ABC that was set to air in full on Sunday evening local time.

  • Ronnie Bowen