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Published on: April 16, 2018 07:48 AM
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George Stephanopoulos sits down with former FBI director James Comey for an exclusive interview that will air during a primetime "20/20" special on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on the ABC Television Network.   (ABC/ Ralph Alswang) George Stephanopoulos sits down with former FBI director James Comey for an exclusive interview that will air during a primetime "20/20" special on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on the ABC Television Network.  (ABC/ Ralph Alswang)

Washington - Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it’s possible the Russians have compromising information on President Donald Trump, that there is “some evidence of obstruction of justice” in the president’s actions and that Trump is “morally unfit” for office.

Comey’s comments in an ABC News interview broadcast Sunday were almost certain to escalate his war of words with the president and further erode a relationship marked by open hostility and name-calling.

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Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway criticized Comey on Monday, accusing him of peddling a “revisionist version of history” and sinking into the “gutter” with petty comments about the size of Trump’s hands and the length of his tie. “He looked a little shaky,” she offered on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Hours before the interview was shown, the president, who fired Comey last year, unleashed a Twitter outburst that labeled Comey “slippery,” suggested he should be put in jail and branded him “the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!”

Comey’s televised remarks, coupled with the release of his forthcoming book, offer his version of events surrounding his firing and the investigations into Russian election meddling and Hillary Clinton’s email practices. Several of the episodes he describes in detail, including a private conversation about former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, are central to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and his recollections are presumably valuable for prosecutors examining whether the president’s actions constitute obstruction of justice.

The FBI director, who until his firing last May led an investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, acknowledged that it was “stunning” to think that Russia could have damaging information about an American president. But he said that in Trump’s case, he could not discount the possibility that the president had been compromised.

“These are more words I never thought I’d utter about a president of the United States, but it’s possible,” Comey told ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

He also answered “possibly” when asked if the president was attempting to obstruct justice when he cleared the Oval Office of other officials last February before encouraging him to close the investigation into Flynn, who by that point was suspected of lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts. The retired general pleaded guilty last December and is now cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.

Comey also said he believed that Trump was “morally unfit” to be president and that he treated women like “pieces of meat.”

“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it — that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds,” Comey said.

Trump on Sunday rejected Comey’s assertion that Trump had sought his loyalty at a January 2017 dinner, saying “I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies.” He also suggested Comey should be imprisoned, saying, “how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail).” There is no indication Comey is under investigation for doing either.

Asked if the president wanted the Justice Department to investigate Comey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that she was not aware of a specific request. But, she said, “if they feel there was any wrongdoing, they should certainly look into that just as they do on a number of other topics.”

But the president’s attacks on Comey began even before the interview aired.

He seized on an excerpt shown Saturday in which Comey said his belief that Clinton would beat Trump in the 2016 presidential election was probably a factor in his decision to disclose the investigation into her emails. Comey, Trump tweeted, “was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!”

That argument was startling given that Comey’s handling of the email investigation, including his disclosure shortly before the election that the FBI had reopened its probe, enraged Democrats. After Clinton’s loss, many Democrats blamed Comey, and Clinton herself has said it hurt her election prospects.

Comey again defended his actions, telling ABC that he made what he thought was the best decision at the time. Comey said he did not remember “consciously thinking” about the election results as he decided to disclose that the FBI had reopened its investigation into candidate Clinton’s email use. 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.”

“I don’t remember spelling it out,” he added, “but it had to have been that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.”

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch pushed back against Comey’s criticism in the book that, early in the Clinton email inquiry, she had instructed him to refer to it as a “matter” rather than an “investigation.” In a statement Sunday, Lynch said she was simply following longstanding Justice Department protocol against confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation. Mueller’s probe has expanded to include whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey. So far, 19 people — including Flynn and Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort —have been charged in the investigation. Flynn and two of the president’s campaign aides, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with Mueller.

Asked whether he believed Trump ought to be impeached, Comey replied, “I hope not because I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they’re duty bound to do directly. People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values.”

He added: “But you cannot have, as president of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values that I believe Republicans treasure and Democrats treasure and Independents treasure. That is the core of this country. That’s our foundation. And so impeachment, in a way, would short circuit that.”



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 Apr 16, 2018 at 08:44 AM Anonymous Says:

You can't believe a word he says, He is a pathological liar.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 08:48 AM Moose Says:

Wow.
Someone who can’t remember his own motives, but knows everyone else’s.
Either he’s dumb or dishonest.
Personally I just can’t wait for the truth to be revealed. Whatever it is and all of it.
Hashem has a way of doing that.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 09:03 AM lazy-boy Says:

if the Russians have damaging info on Trump, why haven't they used it? Trump does not seem hesitant to attack the Russian Syrian bases. So why doesn't Russian release the damning videos?

The reason is because it is BS brand of fake news....

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 09:07 AM yamsar Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

You can't believe a word he says, He is a pathological liar.

How do you know that? Can you point us to his lies that led you to determine that he’s a “pathological liar”?

5

 Apr 16, 2018 at 09:16 AM qazxc Says:

A strong majority of Americans trust Comey more than they trust Trump.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 09:17 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

You can't believe a word he says, He is a pathological liar.

The subject of the article is Comey. Why are you changing topics to discuss Trump?

7

 Apr 16, 2018 at 09:38 AM Anonymous Says:

What a piece of excrement. Problem Trump should have fired him and the assistant
from day 1

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 10:55 AM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

What a piece of excrement. Problem Trump should have fired him and the assistant
from day 1

Comey has a long record of honesty and service to his country. That's something that can't be said about Donald J Trump. Those of you who have TVs and watch Faux News have a very distorted view.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 10:59 AM Dr_Obvious Says:

Reply to #3  
lazy-boy Says:

if the Russians have damaging info on Trump, why haven't they used it? Trump does not seem hesitant to attack the Russian Syrian bases. So why doesn't Russian release the damning videos?

The reason is because it is BS brand of fake news....

Why would they release the videos over a fairly useless attack? Much more valuable to keep the blackmail going.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
yamsar Says:

How do you know that? Can you point us to his lies that led you to determine that he’s a “pathological liar”?

It is useless to have a discussion with a brain challenged individual so I will not hold a dialogue with you.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

You can't believe a word he says, He is a pathological liar.

Please name one lie and I will name 10 Trump lie in return.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 11:01 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
qazxc Says:

The subject of the article is Comey. Why are you changing topics to discuss Trump?

I meant Comey the super liar., Are you also brain challenged as Yamsar?

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 11:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
qazxc Says:

A strong majority of Americans trust Comey more than they trust Trump.

Wrong, Comey has been exposed as a duplicitous liar.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 11:05 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
qazxc Says:

A strong majority of Americans trust Comey more than they trust Trump.

Looks like yamsar and qazxc and maybe others is the same person.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 11:24 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #3  
lazy-boy Says:

if the Russians have damaging info on Trump, why haven't they used it? Trump does not seem hesitant to attack the Russian Syrian bases. So why doesn't Russian release the damning videos?

The reason is because it is BS brand of fake news....

Trump did not attack bases where Russians were. Specifically attacked "non-regime" targets.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 11:39 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Looks like yamsar and qazxc and maybe others is the same person.

IOW, all Trump supporters on VIN are one person in real life.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 12:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

You can't believe a word he says, He is a pathological liar.

Yeah, I know but Trump can change, if he wants to.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 12:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
lazy-boy Says:

if the Russians have damaging info on Trump, why haven't they used it? Trump does not seem hesitant to attack the Russian Syrian bases. So why doesn't Russian release the damning videos?

The reason is because it is BS brand of fake news....

No, they're saving the best for last.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 12:27 PM Chosid1 Says:

Reply to #8  
yaakov doe Says:

Comey has a long record of honesty and service to his country. That's something that can't be said about Donald J Trump. Those of you who have TVs and watch Faux News have a very distorted view.

Comey admitted that he lied to President Trump about the dossier telling the President that it is unproven and salacious while using it to obtain a FISA Warrant. He also lied about the Hillary investigation denying that he changed the words so that his idol Hillary will love him. Even Loretta Lynch said that he lied. How stupid can he be writing that he re-opened the Hillary email investigation so close to the election because he believed that Madam Hillary will win and didn't want her to be an illegitimate president. What stupidity. By the way, prior to the pathological liar Hillary losing the election, all your favorite libs like Maxine Waters, Adam shiftless Schiff and Chucky Cheese Schumer all demanded that Comey must be fired for, you guessed it, LYING but now all you libs are crying like little babies that he was in fact fired.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 12:42 PM Hoshomer Says:

Comey lied under oath, the same can't be said about Trump

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 12:43 PM Anonymous Says:

You can't trust anyone at the FBI, IRS etc there have been nothing but scandals from those organizations since the Obama days

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 12:44 PM Anonymous Says:

When they connect the dots from Comey to Holder, Lynch, Obama and Clinton they will all be sharing a cell together.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 12:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
yaakov doe Says:

Comey has a long record of honesty and service to his country. That's something that can't be said about Donald J Trump. Those of you who have TVs and watch Faux News have a very distorted view.

Those of you who have TV's and watch CNN, MSNBC, CBS etc. have a very distorted view full of fake news and left wing propaganda.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 01:23 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #8  
yaakov doe Says:

Comey has a long record of honesty and service to his country. That's something that can't be said about Donald J Trump. Those of you who have TVs and watch Faux News have a very distorted view.

Those that watch CNN and sleepy eyed Todd have a very distorted view.

By the way I listen to NPR for my news. I see thru their lies

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 01:25 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #9  
Dr_Obvious Says:

Why would they release the videos over a fairly useless attack? Much more valuable to keep the blackmail going.

Please confirm that you only post under this pen name.

If you don't you are just engaging in the same Fake news Facebooks spreading that you accuse Trump of.

Thank you

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 01:27 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

Please name one lie and I will name 10 Trump lie in return.

Trump never lies on policy issues.

Re the other stuff its all white noise and he should lie. Its the only way to keep you guys in cheek and enable him to accomplish his agenda.

(I love it how Comey is obsessed with the inuagration crowd size. Like who cares why is that even an issue of importance? It just shows that its all to nit pick and witch hunt just to defame Trump)

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 01:30 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #16  
qazxc Says:

IOW, all Trump supporters on VIN are one person in real life.

I can attest to the fact that , it not true.

(by the way, isn't it kind of ironic that most frum jews ad VIN users are Trump supporters. Id say at least 90%.. Yet about 50% of all comments are anti Trump. Something doesn't add up on your side of the aisle)

Now please confirm in writing that you never use any other pen name.

Thanks.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 01:31 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

No, they're saving the best for last.

When is that last day? Like in 2024 when he leaves office? If not now when?

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 01:32 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

I meant Comey the super liar., Are you also brain challenged as Yamsar?

If the sarcasm in his comment failed you, I would make a strong case that you are the challenged one here.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 01:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

You can't believe a word he says, He is a pathological liar.

AS predicted , all the liberal fake news media were very selective in which pieces of his pathetic interview they quoted him on....like the fact that he said TRUMP IS ABOVE AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE AND NOT IN ANY WAY MENTALLY CHALLENGED AS HIS VICIOUS CRITICS LIKE TO SAY! So which one is it? Do the fake news media outlets believe what he says or not???

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 02:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
Anonymous Says:

AS predicted , all the liberal fake news media were very selective in which pieces of his pathetic interview they quoted him on....like the fact that he said TRUMP IS ABOVE AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE AND NOT IN ANY WAY MENTALLY CHALLENGED AS HIS VICIOUS CRITICS LIKE TO SAY! So which one is it? Do the fake news media outlets believe what he says or not???

those things don't contradict each other. people with autism are often more intelligent than neurotypicals, yet they lack certain mental function. not saying the president has autism--he most certainly does not.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 02:15 PM Conservative Carl Says:

Reply to #30  
Anonymous Says:

AS predicted , all the liberal fake news media were very selective in which pieces of his pathetic interview they quoted him on....like the fact that he said TRUMP IS ABOVE AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE AND NOT IN ANY WAY MENTALLY CHALLENGED AS HIS VICIOUS CRITICS LIKE TO SAY! So which one is it? Do the fake news media outlets believe what he says or not???

My bro Munch says the most ridiculous part of this is the idea that there could be damaging information about Trump. He has had his fair share of scandals, and Munch says that's proof he can take anything in stride, whether it's bragging about how women let him grab them because he's a star, or something we don't know yet.

33

 Apr 16, 2018 at 04:51 PM Dr_Obvious Says:

Reply to #25  
Educated Archy Says:

Please confirm that you only post under this pen name.

If you don't you are just engaging in the same Fake news Facebooks spreading that you accuse Trump of.

Thank you

I am myself and no other. Just by looking it my writing style and opinions it should be obvious. Again, if VIN had a decent commenting system we wouldn't be having this discussion.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 06:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Educated Archy Says:

I can attest to the fact that , it not true.

(by the way, isn't it kind of ironic that most frum jews ad VIN users are Trump supporters. Id say at least 90%.. Yet about 50% of all comments are anti Trump. Something doesn't add up on your side of the aisle)

Now please confirm in writing that you never use any other pen name.

Thanks.

90% Really? Just check Willi and Monroe where most of the Chassidim live went 70% for H. The Satmare Rebe endorsed H. FYI The Chassidim today are 60-70 % of the frumme Aylem.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 06:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Educated Archy Says:

I can attest to the fact that , it not true.

(by the way, isn't it kind of ironic that most frum jews ad VIN users are Trump supporters. Id say at least 90%.. Yet about 50% of all comments are anti Trump. Something doesn't add up on your side of the aisle)

Now please confirm in writing that you never use any other pen name.

Thanks.

Nebach' You call yorself educated and cant count to 34. 25 Pro Trump 9 anti Trump. Count yourself.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 06:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Educated Archy Says:

I can attest to the fact that , it not true.

(by the way, isn't it kind of ironic that most frum jews ad VIN users are Trump supporters. Id say at least 90%.. Yet about 50% of all comments are anti Trump. Something doesn't add up on your side of the aisle)

Now please confirm in writing that you never use any other pen name.

Thanks.

"Most frum jews are Trump supporters" Correction, the WERE Trump supporters. We all like a good CIRCUS but its time to pack it up and go home.

37

 Apr 16, 2018 at 06:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Educated Archy Says:

I can attest to the fact that , it not true.

(by the way, isn't it kind of ironic that most frum jews ad VIN users are Trump supporters. Id say at least 90%.. Yet about 50% of all comments are anti Trump. Something doesn't add up on your side of the aisle)

Now please confirm in writing that you never use any other pen name.

Thanks.

Nu Most of them did Tshuveh and turned against Trump.

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 Apr 16, 2018 at 06:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Educated Archy Says:

I can attest to the fact that , it not true.

(by the way, isn't it kind of ironic that most frum jews ad VIN users are Trump supporters. Id say at least 90%.. Yet about 50% of all comments are anti Trump. Something doesn't add up on your side of the aisle)

Now please confirm in writing that you never use any other pen name.

Thanks.

Many Yiden did support Trump hoping for the best, Now? Calling Nacis fine people? Protecting the PLO terrorists in American courts against the Jewish Frum victims? Placing Iran on Israels border in Syria?
Oh? I forgot moving the Embassy next week to Jerusalem. FYI It was there in the same place in Jerusalem for 35 years.

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