James Comey: 'Even in Private' Trump Won't Criticize Putin

Anchor 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

Ralph Alwang ABC News

"Values matter", Comey said.

"I'm not making fun of the president", Comey said. Trump wrote on Twitter, "I hardly even knew this guy".

"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", Comey said. It's about setting the stage for the impeachment of Donald Trump. "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". But Comey is now undercutting his own standing as an impartial avatar of justice by giving into the temptation to tell the world what he really thinks of the president who fired him.

"It's the family, the family, the family, the family", Comey said. Speaking of the question posed to Comey about Trump's fitness for office, our good friend Brian Stelter made a decision to highlight that portion of the interview transcript in a tweet.

Former FBI Director James Comey says it's "not OK" or "not normal" for the president to call for private citizens to be jailed.

"With that direction, was President Trump obstructing justice?"

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. I hope that cheered you up.

"People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values", he said.

Comey even took aim at Trump's personal appearance, remarking how his "tie was too long, as it always is" and that his face "looked slightly orange up close with small white half-moons under his eyes, which I assume are from tanning goggles".

In an interview with NPR, Comey warned Americans of what he says is the danger of letting Trump's more outlandish actions become normalized.

Trump fired Comey previous year over his frustration around the handing of the Russian Federation investigation, which led to the appointment of the special counsel, Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE.

Jennifer Palmieri, who served as Clinton's communications director, told CNN on Sunday that Comey worked "very clearly outside of the bounds of how the Federal Bureau of Investigation is supposed to operate", despite saying he was "always trying to act within the bounds of how the Federal Bureau of Investigation is supposed to operate".

Mr 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 e-mail when she was secretary of state. It was recorded last Monday at Comey's home in suburban Washington.

"I don't recall seeing him laugh, ever", he wrote.

Bill: Mr. Comey is a witness in the Russian Federation investigation.

A good portion of the Comey interview last night (transcript) was spent on Comey's part in the Clinton email investigation.

"I don't remember spelling it out, but it had to have been", he said. He writes, "The world had gone insane, and I was caught in the middle of it".

The U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, which is not connected to the special counsel's ongoing Russian Federation probe, says that any material taken from Cohen will be inspected by a separate filter team to protect privileged information.

He also spoke at length about his complicated relationship with former attorney general Loretta Lynch.

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