Politics The Latest: Comey: It's possible Russians compromised Trump

06:05  16 april  2018
06:05  16 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

James Comey compares Trump to mob boss in ABC interview

  James Comey compares Trump to mob boss in ABC interview Former FBI director James Comey compared President Trump to a mob boss in a new ABC News interview that is set to air this weekend. Comey, fired by Trump last May, has largely remained quiet about the President and his administration over the past 11 months, but it appears that’s about to change. The interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, airing Sunday at 10 p.m. as part of a “20/20” special, is “going to shock the president and his team,” a source told Axios.

Comey was leading into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump the Russian government had compromising records of him consorting with “hookers in Russia ” that it According to Comey , Trump brought up the dossier unprompted a few months later , calling him at

ABC also heard that Trump and Comey had a conversation after last Friday’ s briefing “around the intelligence briefing on Russian hacking,” but they didn’t specify (as the other outlets did) that it had to do with the allegations about him having been compromised .

In this image released by ABC News, former FBI director James Comey appears at an interview with George Stephanopoulos that will air during a primetime © The Associated Press In this image released by ABC News, former FBI director James Comey appears at an interview with George Stephanopoulos that will air during a primetime "20/20" special on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on the ABC Television Network. Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," will be released on Tuesday. (Ralph Alswang/ABC via AP)

WASHINGTON — The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey's book (all times local):

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Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it's possible that President Donald Trump might be compromised by the Russians.

In an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday night, the fired FBI chief says he could not discount the possibility that Russia might have something on the president.

Former CIA director calls Trump presidency a 'kakistocracy'

  Former CIA director calls Trump presidency a 'kakistocracy' Former CIA Director John Brennan tweeted Friday that President Donald Trump's administration is a failing "kakistocracy," causing a dramatic increase in online look-ups of the rarely used word. "Your kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey," Brennan tweeted. "As the greatest Nation history has known, we have the opportunity to emerge from this nightmare stronger & more committed to ensuring a better life for all Americans, including those you have so tragically deceived.

Latest . 1 hour ago. 1 Killed in Trump Tower Blaze. Because whomever replaces Comey at the agency will inherit the investigation into Russian He declined to criticize Comey ’ s tenure, saying only that it was “absolutely critical” that “the FBI gets back on its feet” as soon as possible .

– Trump says in an NBC interview that he asked Comey three times whether he is personally under investigation by the FBI for possible Russia Investigators plan to ask Schiller about allegations made in the Steele memos that Russians obtained compromising information on Trump during the

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.

Still, he says it strikes him as unlikely but something that he can't say without high confidence.

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6:15 p.m.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is defending her actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation following criticism from former FBI Director James Comey.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Lynch responds to criticism from Comey in his forthcoming book that, early in the email inquiry, she had instructed him to refer to it as a "matter" rather than an "investigation."

Lynch says she was simply following longstanding Justice Department protocol against confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.

The Latest: Lynch defends herself amid criticism from Comey

  The Latest: Lynch defends herself amid criticism from Comey <p>Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is defending her actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation following criticism from former FBI Director James Comey.</p>6:15 p.m.

Russian spies have ‘ compromised ’ Donald Trump , former spy reportedly claims. It ’ s not possible to know whether the FBI has confirmed or debunked any of the allegations. But FBI Director James Comey would not confirm the existence of any investigation of Mr Trump ’s aides, in line with practice

But Trump later said it was entirely his decision and said “this Russia thing” factored into it . The White House’ s constantly shifting story on Comey ’ s firing But I know he was uneasy with it just for the appearance of compromising the independence of the FBI which is a hallowed tenet in our system.”

She says she rose above politics throughout the email investigation, and never discussed it with anyone from the Clinton campaign or the Democratic National Committee.

Lynch also says that Comey never raised any concerns with her regarding the email investigation.

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8:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump is again calling former FBI Director James Comey a "slimeball" ahead of the publication of his new book.

Trump's morning tweet comes ahead of Comey's interview with ABC to be broadcast in full on Sunday evening.

In an excerpt shown Saturday, Comey says his belief that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election was a factor in his decision to disclose the investigation into her emails.

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. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!"

Trump: Comey 'threw McCabe under the bus' in CNN interview .
President Trump on Thursday taunted former FBI Director James Comey and ex-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, saying Comey threw his recently fired former colleague "under the bus" during a recent interview. "James Comey just threw Andrew McCabe 'under the bus.' Inspector General's Report on McCabe is a disaster for both of them! Getting a little (lot) of their own medicine?" Trump tweeted. "James Comey just threw Andrew McCabe 'under the bus.' Inspector General's Report on McCabe is a disaster for both of them! Getting a little (lot) of their own medicine?" Trump tweeted.

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