Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Comey told Obama he dreaded prospect of working under Trump

Comey told Obama he dreaded prospect of working under Trump

James Comey's wife wanted Hillary Clinton to be President - even as her husband reopened an investigation into her emails just days before the election.

I had some sense of the nature and character of the new president of the United States.

"My wife and girls marched in the Women's March, the day after President Trump's inauguration", he said.

Comey says that in his view a president must embody respect and adhere to the nation's core values, the most important being truth.

Failor wasn't shy about her thoughts on President Trump, either.

Comey, who was sacked as Federal Bureau of Investigation director last May, previously told the network his wife and daughters attended the Women's March a day after President Trump's inauguration. Stephanopoulos asked if he was "dealing with a rogue element of FBI agents and former FBI agents up in NY", and Comey said he knew there "appeared to be leaks about criminal investigation of the Clintons coming out of NY", and he "commissioned an investigation to find out" where the leaks were coming from.

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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". The president has called him a "liar and a leaker". "And I anxious very much that there would be an effort to erode the independence of the FBI", Comey said, explaining his thinking.

In an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday night, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief says he could not discount the possibility that Russian Federation might have something on the president. And a lot of that talk centered around Comey's very public, hotly debated role in the email investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Comey also discussed the briefing of Trump's alleged pee tape, describing the meeting with the president over the matter as "really weird" and like an "out of body experience".

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. The Clinton emails that FBI investigators found on Anthony Weiner's laptop were from Clinton's BlackBerry domain, and that could have changed the calculus for prosecutors, Comey told Stephanopoulos. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job.

In his tweet, Trump says: "Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe".

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