Belief Clinton would win election 'factor' in email probe: James Comey

Former FBI director James Comey told associates Donald Trump was

CHERISS MAY GETTY IMAGES Former FBI director James Comey told associates Donald Trump was"outside the realm of normal and"crazy

The political world turned its tired eyes to ABC News Sunday night, as James Comey sat down with George Stephanopoulos for a tell-all interview about his experience with - and firing by - President Donald Trump.

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The former FBI Director broke his long silence, giving his first one-on-one interview since President Trump fired him.

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He also suggested Mr Comey should be imprisoned, saying: "How come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail)". I can not say that (Trump is not subject to Russian blackmail).

When asked how the country can "put it out", Comey said the country's citizens need to get involved and can't become "numb to the fact that the truth is being assailed every day".

Gergen said Comey's book could "change the narrative" about the Trump presidency.

He also spoke about special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been.

After confirming the Federal Bureau of Investigation found no manipulation of vote count, Comey said he was surprised when the briefing turned to a "PR conversation".

"Yes, in a sense", Comey said.

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He says there's "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", though he notes that he's just a witness in the case and not an investigator or prosecutor.

Trump's firing of Comey set off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

The notion that Trump didn't spend the night appears to be refuted by a November, 2017 NBC News report on Schiller's House Intel Committee testimony, in which the president's former bodyguard confirmed that "a Russian participant" of the Miss Universe pageant offered to "send five women" to Trump's suite. There is no indication Comey is under investigation for doing either.

But he said he isn't hoping for Trump's impeachment because that would "let the American people off the hook".

"I drank red wine from a paper coffee cup and just looked out at the lights of the country I love so much as we flew home".

The book adheres closely to Comey's public testimony and written statements about his contacts with Trump and his growing concern about Trump's integrity.

Comey also reflected on the controversy over Hillary Clinton's personal email account. The polls swung considerably against Hillary Clinton after Comey's October 28 announcement, and didn't recover when he declared two days before the election that the investigation hadn't actually turned up anything incriminating about her.

Trump clapped back at Comey several times over the weekend including calling him a "slimeball".

'I did not go into the business about- people peeing on each other, I just thought it was a weird enough experience for me to be talking to the incoming president of the United States about prostitutes in a hotel in Moscow.

"There was material that I knew someday, when it's declassified, and I thought that would be decades in the future, would cause historians to wonder, "Hmm, was there some odd business goin" on there?"

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