According to The Washington Post, Comey writes that the president told him: "I'm a germaphobe. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!".
"I don't think they're really contemplating this, " Ryan replied.
ABC is already teasing the major forthcoming interview between Comey and longtime Clinton friend and backer George Stephanopoulos, which has some wondering about impartiality, and gives fuel to the right to bash Comey's intentions, not that they ever need an excuse. Comey announced in July 2016 that he would not recommend charges against Clinton, but stated publicly that Clinton and her aides had been "extremely careless" in handling classified information.
- Comey writes that he composed multiple memos about his encounters with Trump.
Comey finally broke the silence on the salacious allegations from a dossier which stated that Russian authorities recorded US President Donald Trump watching prostitutes urinate in a hotel suite in Moscow in 2013.
Asked if he was willing to take Comey at his word, Ryan declined to elaborate, saying that, "I'm not going to try and help sell some books here" and "I don't know the guy".
Loyalty was, on one level, the issue over which Comey supposedly was sacked.
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'Unprompted, and in another zag in the conversation, (Trump) brought up what he called the "golden showers thing," repeating much of what he had said to me previously, adding that it bothered him if there was "even a one percent chance" his wife, Melania, thought it was true.
"I knew how badly Obama had wanted Hillary Clinton to win the White House".
Trump also asked why the Democratic National Committee did not give its email server to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or why the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't seize it after it was hacked by Russians during the presidential campaign.
Comey had been investigating allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign. "I don't know. Certainly not consciously, but I would be a fool to say it couldn't have had an impact on me".
The battle plan against Comey, obtained by CNN, calls for branding the nation's former top law enforcement official as "Lyin' Comey" through a website, digital advertising and talking points to be sent to Republicans across the country before his memoir is released next week.
Washington national security lawyer Bradley Moss said Comey's claim to the moral high ground has always been weak.
"His face appeared slightly orange", Comey writes, "with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coifed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his".
"We find Mr. Comey has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntlement ex-employee", Conway told reporters outside the White House.