Indeed, President Donald Trump's Twitter account has been so active in recent days with over-the-top denunciations of Mr. Comey that one might suspect he was on the payroll of Macmillan, publisher of "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership", trying to make sure it stays on the bestseller list.
And his explosive book, in which Comey compares Trump to the Mafia bosses he once prosecuted, not only represents a new crisis for a reeling White House but also is raising questions about the former director's credibility as a critical witness against the president.
Hours before the interview was shown, the president, who sacked Mr Comey past year, unleashed a Twitter outburst that labelled him "slippery", suggested he should be put in jail and branded him "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"
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".More news: Binghamton University freshman stabbed to death on campus, suspect at large
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. "I mean, that's mystified me even after President Trump became president 'cause I discovered that he wouldn't criticize him even in private".
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also took on Comey on Sunday during an appearance on ABC's This Week. On Sunday, Trump similarly suggested Comey's handling of the Clinton case seemed to be based on the assumption she would win.
"I'm not going to try and help sell some books here", Ryan said.
"I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty bound to do directly", Comey said.
The revelation came during Comey's interview with USA Today.More news: Supreme Court To Rule On Sales Tax Of Online Purchases
Gergen said Comey's book could "change the narrative" about the Trump presidency.
When asked about his first impression of Trump, Comey said he was similar to how he "thought he looked on television". In addition to receiving a confused call from his wife Patrice, who had heard that he was sacked before hearing it from Comey directly, and then getting a call from a different friend, Comey says he also got a call from then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, who now serves as Trump's chief of staff. You can't be kicked out of the room so he can talk to me alone.
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017.
"The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him", he told Stephanopoulos. You know you're in unusual waters when the Republican National Committee dedicates a section of its web site to "Lyin Comey", a piling on of anti-Comey criticism, before the book is even officially released.
But if you believe Comey, as I think most reasonable people would, then he has provided an important set of facts that have to be dealt with - by prosecutors, by Congress, and by the voters.More news: Inflation dips to 2.47 per cent in March