Comey: Assumption of Clinton victory factored into email probe announcement

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In the book to be released officially next Tuesday, Comey, whom Trump fired in May 2017, says the United States president lives in "a cocoon of alternative reality" that he tried to pull others around him into, according to The Washington Post.

Even before excerpts of the book emerged, the Republican National Committee had launched a website seeking to discredit Comey, called lyincomey.com. "No one is above that rule of law system". "M$3 y concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in the polls", he wrote.Clinton herself has said she thinks Comey's handling of the email probe ultimately caused her loss. His firing led to the Justice Department appointing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to take over the Russian Federation investigation. It is the subject of an investigation into whether he sought to obstruct justice in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"I know you. You were in an impossible position", Schumer told him, according to Comey. This is Comey's first interview since he was sacked by President Donald Trump nearly one year ago.

In short, he refers to Trump's presidency as a "forest fire".

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Former FBI Director James Comey has a new book, A Higher Loyalty, coming out next week- and in already-released excerpts he's taking President Trump to the mat over a laundry list of grievances. Reuters has obtained a copy.

Comey is embarking on a publicity rollout of his book, "A Higher Loyalty", which offers his version of the highly controversial events surrounding his firing by Trump and the Russian Federation and Hillary Clinton email investigations.

Moscow has repeatedly denied that it interfered in the 2016 campaign in hopes of tilting the election in Trump's favor. The so-called dossier allegedly contains several salacious and detailed graphic material on Trump, compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent.

On a grammatical note, the publisher said, "Although Trump rendered the word as an open compound (slime ball) in his tweet, the traditional form is as a closed compound (slimeball)".

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"I said to him, 'Sir that's up to you but you want to be careful about that because it might create a narrative that we're investigating you personally and, second, it's very hard to prove something didn't happen", Comey said.

Anticipating broad media attention for Comey as his book tour gets underway, Sanders scolded reporters in advance for preparing to "cover it endlessly, all day today, all day tomorrow, and my guess is every day next week with very little time given to the issues that people care about". "I felt a wave of emotion, nearly to the verge of tears". The interview will air Sunday night on ABC. Comey asks his readers. "I don't really know the guy". There is a risk I'm over-interpreting this... but I don't know of another elected leader who doesn't laugh with some regularity in public.

Comey takes care to mention that he brought with him the Federal Bureau of Investigation director at the time, a man named Robert Mueller.

In January 2017, USA intelligence chiefs briefed Trump and his advisers on Russia's election meddling.

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Asked whether Comey is someone he would describe as a slime ball - a term Trump has used twice in tweets this week - Ryan said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press that "I don't speak like that".

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