Over the last 24 hours, a steady stream of embarrassing details from the book have emerged, including that chief of staff John Kelly allegedly called Trump "dishonorable" for firing Comey and that the president urged Comey to investigate unsubstantiated rumors that he was secretly filmed with prostitutes urinating in front of him in a Moscow hotel room.
"Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the bad job he did-until he was, in fact, fired", Trump tweeted of Comey.
In the book, Comey also writes of some of Trump's physical attributes in an unflattering way.
The President has been highly critical, and public with his criticism, of Mr Comey since firing him in May past year over his handling of the FBI investigation into Mrs Clinton's emails and the inquiry into Russian interference in the election. It is the subject of an investigation into whether he sought to obstruct justice in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.More news: Highlights from former FBI Director James Comey's new book
But the pressure on the president regarding all these problems dissipated by the end of the week, as Trump received a priceless present from the man he must have least expected to proffer one: James Comey. But still, Trump today casually suggested he's retroactively pleased he fired Comey because he failed to "LOCK HER UP!"
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Comey is seen as more believable than Trump, by a margin of 48%-32%. The dossier alleged that Kremlin had a tape of the dirty deed. Comey's new book recounts Trump's efforts to hamstring or derail that probe by demanding his loyalty, leaning on him to go easy on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and, ultimately, firing him.
Among the many revelations is that Trump fixated on unconfirmed allegations in a widely circulated intelligence dossier that Russians had filmed him interacting with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013.More news: Unnao rape case: Zero tolerance against corruption, crime: Yogi Adityanath
"It bothered him if there was "even a one percent chance" his wife, Melania, thought it was true", Comey writes. One part of NBC's story suggests that the man who fired him-or at least followed Trump's instructions and wrote the memo doing so-is about as self-righteous as the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
During his time as FBI Director, Comey was criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike. He said he did not know whether the events described in the dossier were true. Comey writes that the president gave him flashbacks to his days prosecuting the Cosa Nostra. "I felt a wave of emotion, nearly to the verge of tears. I'm just trying to do the right thing.'" And Obama replied: "I know".
In January 2017, US intelligence chiefs briefed Trump and his advisers on Russia's election meddling.
"No one, to my recollection, asked so what's coming next from the Russians, how might we stop it, what's the future look like", Comey said. Moscow has repeatedly denied US intelligence agencies' findings that it interfered in the campaign to try to tilt the November 2016 vote in Trump's favor.More news: U.S. & allies launch 'precision strikes' on Syria
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