And rather ironic: James Comey's final judgment of Donald Trump was devastating

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

Fire and Fury shot to the top of best-seller lists after Donald Trump called it a "fake book" and its author "mentally deranged", and a similar phenomenon has occurred in the case of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey, who Trump on Friday morning deemed a "proven LEAKER & LIAR" and an "untruthful slime ball". For White House aides, it was a predictable outcome to a book that alleges not only ethical lapses, but also insults the President's appearance and intelligence. And for that battle, Comey has made himself into a weapon that he has put into our hands: the searing testimony of a highly creditable witness. This president needs people of character and principle around him, especially this president. Thank you America, we are doing Great Things. Now, the president has not withheld his criticism of Comey, tweeting, "unbelievably, James Comey states that polls, where crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton email probe".

Trump cultists see Comey as the man trying to bring down President Trump after refusing to recommend Clinton's prosecution. To my mind his Groucho Marx eyebrow raise was both subtle humour and an expression of concern.

"And I'm thinking all this as I'm walking and I have this awkward look on my face".

The interview comes days before Comey's book "A Higher Loytaly: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" hits the shelves; even before its launch, the book has sold nearly 200,00 copies.

He also took one other indulgence on that flight home, and asked a favor of the pilots.

"Yes. But not in the way m- I often hear people talk about it. I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia".

The complete transcript of the conversation is full of details - specifically several poignant metaphors of how Comey views Trump. Nor was he the grandstanding showboat and slimeball the President would like his fanboys to think. Comey describes Trump as a congenital liar and unethical leader, devoid of human emotion and driven by personal ego. "Ever since then, the Clinton team had been employing a variety of euphemisms to avoid using the word 'investigation, '" wrote Comey, according to the Examiner. But a surprisingly large number of Americans still haven't been exposed to Comey enough to have an opinion of him, and those Americans may find something in the new public relations push to convince them. I interrupted his monologue. 'But not the second part. And it is Mueller - not Fox News conspiracy theorists, Nunes or Bannon - who will determine Trump's legal and political future.

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In his first year in office he spoke at length to an Atlantic reporter - perhaps too much at length, and too freely. A hardness, or darkness. In the clip, Comey characterizes the situation as surreal.

To those who criticize on this account, please stop.

"I found myself thrust in to the Trump orbit". The silent circle of assent. But then the holes in principle became apparent, as did the holes in his boss.

- Comey throws AG Lynch "under the bus!"

The White House had developed a plan alongside the Republican National Committee to rebut the claims in Comey's book and impugn Comey's character, including launching a "Lyin' Comey" website and distributing talking points to surrogates. We pay for movies too.

He was standing in the middle of the Los Angeles F.B.I. field office on May 9, 2017, thanking employees and the building's support staff for their hard work, when he saw the televisions on the wall flash "Comey Resigns". When Stephanopoulos asked Comey whether Trump had obstructed justice in his actions, he replied: "Possibly".

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