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'". Instead of facing insistent questions about the "nice and new and 'smart!'" missiles Trump told Russian Federation, over Twitter, to be "ready" to face in Syria, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders got to grandstand a bit by relaying a list of damning criticisms of Comey from a host of Democrats.
In a clip released Saturday by ABC News, George Stephanopoulos asks Comey about his motivations in revealing that information to Congress.
As final preparations were being made for the Syria strikes on Friday, Trump still found a moment to phone Michael Cohen, his attorney, to check in.
The disparaging term was among the top words looked up after Trump struck back over news reports that quoted Comey as harshly critical of the president in a memoir due to be published next week, Merriam-Webster said in a statement.
Asked how freaky that meeting with Trump was, Comey said: "Very weird".
Comey also dismissively describes Trump's orange skin and the white circles under his eyes from what he believes are tanning bed sessions, and compares Trump to a mafia boss.More news: As storms approach, Flash Flood Watch is issued
"He said if there's even a 1 per cent chance my wife thinks that's true, that's bad", Comey recalled. She also took issue with some of Comey's personal commentary in the book, saying it was "no way to comport oneself after you're trying to prove that you have this quote, 'higher loyalty'". 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. But many others will likely never read it at all and form their opinions through the prism of a media industry that often filters the news to give audiences what they want to hear. He then began discussing cases where women had accused him of sexual assault, a subject I had not raised. The former presidential hopeful wrote that she felt "shivved" by Comey.
"And I have every confidence that Jim Comey accurately copied, collected, recounted what exactly went on during those discussions", former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said. "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.
It's lead headline is "PEE BRAIN!" - a reference to unconfirmed allegations in the dossier that Trump had watched prostitutes urinate on themselves in a Moscow hotel suite.
House Republicans have repeatedly threatened to hold Justice Department officials in contempt as they have sought more than a million pages in documents related to Democrat Hillary Clinton and the beginning of the department's Russian Federation investigation.