Interview with Mr. Comey and the weekly media blitz he plans for his book represents a remarkable public assault on a seated president of someone serving at the highest power level in the government.
The efforts of both men could hardly be higher. Mr. Comey seems likely to be the star witness in a barrier to the trial brought against the president by Robert S. Mueller III, the Special Adviser in the extensive Russian investigation. Mr Trump's legal destiny, like his political fortunes in Washington, may depend on whether he succeeds in undermining the credibility of Mr. Comey and the law enforcement agencies that he considers to be busy with him.
The ABC interview is Mr. Comey's first big attempt to prevent it from happening, and in that he speaks with the abandonment of a man who finally feels released. But Mr. Comeys liberation is all the more combustible because it targets a president like with pride on Twitter saying that "when someone attacks me, I always attack … except 100x more."
As if she had hours before the interview sent, Mr. Trump called Mr. Comey a "slimeball" for the second time in three days and said in a couple of early morning tweets that he belongs to the prison for what the president said was lying to the congress and leaks of classified information. In another tweet, Mr. Trump that Mr. Comey would go down the story as "WORST FBI Director in history, far!"
Mr.. Comey responded later to the day with a more subtle digger by himself.
"My book is about ethical leadership and based on stories from my life and lessons I learned from others" he tweeted . "3 presidents are in my book: 2 helps to illustrate values in the heart of ethical leadership; 1 acts as a counterpoint."
It is unclear why the epic will will lead, in addition to a repeated escalation of insults between two Men who have each acknowledged that they have a large size of egon. But it's sure to be a test of powerful forces in the modern media landscape: the president's megaphone, enhanced by 50 million Twitter followers and the global reach of an opponent on a seemingly endless 24-hour cable news driven book tour.
Parts of the interview that have already been sent indicate that Mr. Comey speaks in detail about the interactions he had with Mr Trump, including meetings and telephone conversations about who he says that he carefully wrote down notes afterwards for posterity. (In another twitter on Sunday morning, Mr. Trump said Mr. Comey's "Memos" are self-service and FAKE! ")
Some of the most amazing statements by Mr. Comey about Mr Trump in the interview revolves around his first meeting with the elected president at Trump Tower a few days before the opening ceremony. That day informed intelligence officials, including Mr. Comey, the incoming president of Russia's attempt to interfere with the election.
Mr. Comey says in the interview that Mr. Trump and his assistants seemed interested only in what former F.B.I. The director is called "P.R. and spinning" about the issue.
"The conversation to my surprise moved into a PR conversation about how the Trump team would position this and what they could say about this," said Comey in a preview of the interview that broadcasted on Sunday morning. "No one to my reminder asked:" So what's coming from the Russians? How can we stop it? What does the future look like? ""
"That's all," What can we say about what they did and how it affects the choice we just had? "" Mr. Comey said.
It was at the end of the meeting that Mr. Comey says in his book he asked to talk to Mr Trump solely to short him on the salacious "Steele dossier", which contains unexplained statements about Mr Trump, including a claim that the Russian government has video recordings of him who sees prostitutes on each other in a hotel in Moscow in 2013.
Mr. Comey says in the ABC News interview that Mr. Trump denied allegations that day saying, "Do I look like a guy who needs hookers?" A week later, in a telephone conversation from the president after the dossier was published by BuzzFeed, Mr. Trump refused the account graphically, said Mr. Comey.
"I can not let people pee at each other around me," said Mr. Trump according to Mr. Comey's account in his book. Mr. Comey said that the president also raised the idea that F.B.I. should investigate the claim as a way to prove that it never happened. Mr. Comey said he warned Mr Trump who would add the "story" as the president was investigated.
Mr. Comey said in the interview that it was an out of body experience to talk to the incoming president about whether the event had taken place or if the Russians had material that they could use to chant Mr Trump.
"I moved over myself and looked down and said you were sitting here and informed the US's incoming president about prostitutes in Moscow," said Comey in the interview. Asked if he thought Trumps rejected, Comey said he was not sure.
"I never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I do not know if the current president in the United States was prostitutes kissing each other in Moscow in 2013," he said. "It's possible, but I do not know."
The President took a break from his attacks on Mr. Comey when he left the White House on a rainy sunday dinner to spend time at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. But it seems likely that he and his allies will not go back to Comey's barring of public allegations, which are expected to continue for weeks.
On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Press Secretary, uploaded to Mr. Comey calls him an "autonomous leakager" and a liar.
For his part, Mr. Comey also unsustainable.
In his book, he compares Mr Trump's claim to his loyalty to the induction ceremonies favored by Sammy the Bull, chief of Cosa Nostra. Hr. Comey claims that the Americans in both parties should be careful with the damage that Mr. Trump goes to the country.
"What's happening now is not normal," he writes. "It's not false news. It's not O.K."
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