Paul Ryan: Comey a 'Man of Integrity'

Paul Ryan: Comey a 'Man of Integrity'

Paul Ryan: Comey a 'Man of Integrity'

Donald Trump and James Comey Getty Images Trump also brought up the now-infamous meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac at the height of the Clinton email probe. But, he acknowledged, "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".

Trump has said he fired Comey because of his handling of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's email practices. Trump seized on that, saying Comey "was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job". He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted.

US President attacked former FBI Director on Friday as a "weak and untruthful slime ball", reacting to news accounts that cite Comey as searingly critical of the president in a memoir due to be published next week. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”.

On April 11 - the last time the two men spoke before Comey was sacked on May 9 - Trump called Comey to make sure they were going to "get out" that Trump was not under investigation.

In Comey's book, he describes in great detail the ways in which Trump has allegedly violated the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and attempted to coerce loyalty out of Comey, according to The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the book, titled "A Higher Royalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" prior to its release.

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During an interview that aired on Sunday's Meet the Press, retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan did not jump on the trash Comey wagon.

In an exclusive interview to ABC News, Comey revealed that he met with the US President to discuss the unverified claims, following which the latter asked him to investigate the matter and "prove that it didn't happen".

What struck him most, Comey told ABC, was that the conversation moved straight into a public relations mode, what they could say and how they would position Trump.

Trump's tweets included numerous allegations that are unproven and unverified. Comey told ABC News that after this, Trump said something that distracted him: "He said, 'If there's even a one percent chance my wife thinks that's true, that's awful'".

Stephanopoulos asked if Trump had a right to know about the source of funding. He said he did not know whether the events described in the dossier were true. “It wasnt necessary for my goal, which is to alert him we have this information.”.

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“He said if theres even a 1 percent chance my wife thinks thats true, thats bad, ” Comey recalled.

"The president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.' I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed".

Some of the early news coverage of Comeys memoir has made a mockery of Trump, including the cover of Fridays Daily News in NY.

He writes that he told Mr Trump about the dossier because it was the FBI's responsibility to protect the presidency from coercion related to harmful allegations, whether supported or not.

The 203-centimetre Comey describes Mr Trump as shorter than he expected with a "too long" tie and "bright white half-moons" under his eyes that he suggests came from tanning goggles.

In the forthcoming book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country "ego driven and about personal loyalty".

Trump denied that he asked him the question in an interview with Fox News.

Clinton herself has pointed to Comey's actions in explaining her presidential election loss.

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