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The interview is part of a media tour to promote his book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership".

President Donald Trump on Monday continued his effort to discredit James Comey, the morning after a nationally televised interview during which the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director lambasted him.

"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", he said.

Comey also discussed the first time he met the newly elected Trump in person in January 2017 to talk about the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

"I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty", Trump tweeted.

The interview escalated the ongoing battle between Comey and the president, who just hours had tweeted that his former FBI director was "slimeball" and "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"

Comey also defended his decision to publicly disclose the FBI's re-opening of its investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's handling of email when she was secretary of state.

"I did not go into the business about people peeing on each other", he said. I think he's morally unfit to be President.

Comey reiterated that he hoped such tapes existed and said the secretive nature of the meeting might imply Trump knew he was flouting convention.

Comey said his view of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is colored by a memo Rosenstein wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that was cited by the White House as the reasoning for Comey's firing in May 2017.

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"We find that Mr. Comey has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntled ex-employee, afterall he was sacked", Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway added.

"I'm not going to try and help sell some books here", Ryan said.

"I don't remember spelling it out, 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", Comey said.

Comey told USA TODAY that he did not consult Mueller about the timing of the book's publication.

"If colleagues of ours believe I am lying about when I made this decision, please urge them to contact me privately so we can have a conversation about this", Comey told lawmakers at the time.

If Comey was so uncomfortable with Trump's alleged behavior and requests, why didn't he just quit?

"I often hear people talk about it".

"The book amounts to a new 300-page witness statement, and if it differs at all from what he provided the special counsel, you can be sure that there will be a challenge if this case moves to an impeachment or a trial", said Jack Sharman, a former special counsel in the Whitewater investigation involving then-President Clinton.

"I understand. I think you've sacrificed as much as you really can of yourself for the country".

"Usually you don't have anybody in the FBI talking about ongoing investigations", Anderson said, adding that "if Jim says something in one interview, then says something in his book thats different, then gives a different version of it in another interview, and they use him as a witness which I'm sure they will, then that could become a problem" for the Russian Federation investigation.

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