In true Trump fashion, the president punched back hard on Twitter unleashing a rare double tweet.calling Comey "a weak and untruthful slime ball".
The FBI director, who until his firing last May led an investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, acknowledged that it was "stunning" to think that Russian Federation could have damaging information about an American president. Comey has also been criticized by Democrats for reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails just days before the 2016 presidential election.
Regardless, he said, once it learned of the dossier, the Federal Bureau of Investigation considered Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who compiled it, to be a credible source, calling him "someone with a track record, someone who was a credible and respected member of an allied intelligence service during his career". "This president is not able to do that", he said.
He says he knows that's a "stunning" possibility and something that he never thought he'd say about a president of the United States.
Allen noted that Comey repeated almost the same phrasing in a USA Today interview, in which he called Trump "someone who is able to see moral equivalence in Charlottesville or to speak and treat women like they're pieces of meat and to lie constantly".
"He had impressively coiffed hair, his tie was too long as it always is, he looked slightly orange up close with small white half-moons under his eyes, which I assume are from tanning goggles", he said.
Comey said he had "grave" misgivings about the Trump presidency even before it began.
Comey didn't limit his criticisms to Republicans, saying that some of President Obama's behavior surrounding the Clinton email scandal baffled him as well. "It was important to tell the email story because it's me trying to figure out how to lead well", he said.
Comey said in the interview that Trump is "morally unfit" for office.
He may be a witness for any charges of obstruction of justice under consideration by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating connections between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
Trump's camp had the heavy artillery ready to go the day after Comey's interview - summoning Kellyanne Conway to the airwaves to perform damage control.
Despite Trump's attacks on Comey, whom the president fired, Comey doesn't consider himself someone dedicated to bringing the president down.
Reuters and other news outlets have obtained copies of Comey's book before its formal release this week.
"He brings it up", Comey said of Trump, recounting a conversation from January 2017 about the contentious Steele dossier, "and says he may want me to investigate it to prove that it didn't happen". "He was very emotional and said he had seen the news and that he meant to resign because he wouldn't work for people who would treat someone like me in such a dishonorable way and that he was gonna quit".
But that's not what you'd conclude from the coverage of Comey's book rollout.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday that Comey was a man of integrity "as far as I know", while adding that "I don't know the guy".