James Comey kicks off media blitz with ABC News interview

Then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington

Then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Credit Carolyn Kaster AP

"And I have every confidence that Jim Comey accurately copied, collected, recounted what exactly went on during those discussions", former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said.

"I said to him, 'Sir that's up to you but you want to be careful about that because it might create a narrative that we're investigating you personally and, second, it's very hard to prove something didn't happen", Comey said.

Spitting the dummy all over Twitter, the president ranted that the former head G-man is "a weak and untruthful slime ball" who was "a awful director of the FBI". "Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the bad job he did-until he was, in fact, fired", Trump wrote in a Twitter tirade.

In a pair of tweets, Trump accused Comey of leaking classified information and lying to Congress under oath.

Second, he questions Comey's integrity, calling the memos Comey relies on to make his claims about Trump's decision to fire him, "phony".

He said Comey threw former attorney general Loretta Lynch "under the bus", an allusion to Comey's having criticized Lynch in the memoir for suggesting that he refer to an investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state as only a "matter".

"This President is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values", Comey wrote.

He described Trump as volatile, defensive and concerned more about how his own image than about alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election. In the book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country "ego driven and about personal loyalty". Mueller's probe has expanded to include whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey.

Comey kept contemporaneous memos of his interactions with the president and told the Senate Intelligence Committee last June that he did so because he thought Trump might lie about them.

"We find Comey has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntlement ex-employee", she told reporters.

In Sunday's tweets, Trump cited Comey's admission about his decision-making and asserted, confusingly, that he handled the investigation how he did because he wanted a job, presumably in the Clinton administration.

She accused Comey of leaking classified information and breaking his "sacred trust with the president of the United States, the dedicated agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the American people".

Comey, who was sacked by Trump previous year, acknowledged in the interview that his belief that Clinton would be elected president "was a factor" in his decision to reopen the email probe 11 days before the U.S. election, a development that Clinton blames for her surprise defeat.

"The president said, 'I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.' I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed".

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