Trump calls Comey 'Slippery' in Twitter attack, ahead of interview, book release

Donald Trump "lies constantly, " "treats women like pieces of meat, " is "morally unfit to be President, " and is "possibly compromised by Russian Federation, " former FBI Director James Comey said in a scathing interview on ABC News as the clash between the traditional American establishment and the maverick US President moved into a thicket of moral, legal, and constitutional issues.

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. Look around and you'll see headlines like "Comey calls Trump 'morally unfit to be president, '" "Comey compares Trump to mob boss" or "Comey: Trump treats women like they're 'meat.'". In it, Comey wrote that Trump, in a private meeting, pressed the then-FBI director for his loyalty. "These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible", Comey said.

But Comey made it clear just how little he thinks of the Commander in Chief in his Sunday night sit-down with ABC News, his first major interview since being fired last May.

We discuss the biggest moments from James Comey's "20/20" interview.

Detailed accounts of his impressions on Trump and his presidency are articulated in his book, 'A Higher Loyalty, ' which is set to release on Tuesday. It did not become publicly known until after the 2016 presidential election.

The Clinton probe was already public, Comey said, whereas the FBI's examination of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation was in its early stages. Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeatedly said Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state. He also suggested Comey should be imprisoned, tweeting, "how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail)".

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In an interview with USA TODAY, Comey characterized the book project as "an obligation to try to drive a healthy conversation" about leadership and ethics.

Comey saw the meetings as an attempt by Trump to drag the Federal Bureau of Investigation into political matters.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Comey if he had ever "been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?" or if he had ever "authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?" In a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday, Lynch said she was simply following longstanding Justice Department protocol against confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the ABC interview reaffirms that Comey's "higher loyalty is to himself".

While it seems like Trump can do or say whatever he wants and get away with it, there's one potential action Comey hopes will sound the legal alarm: if Trump were to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Is Donald Trump unfit to be president?

When Trump fired Comey in May 2017, the administration cited a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey's handling of the inquiry into Clinton's email server.

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