"It bothered him if there was "even a one percent chance" his wife, Melania, thought it was true", Comey writes. That critic is not just any critic-it's Michiko Kakutani, the former chief book critic at the paper.
Dear James Comey: Grow up, you childish little man. With each Stephanopoulos question, they cut back to Comey and the drama builds as we want to know what Comey's responses are going to be. "I sat there thinking, Holy crap, they are trying to make each of us "amica nostra" - friend of ours".
Sanders is accusing Comey of leaking classified information and breaking his "sacred trust with the president of the United States, the dedicated agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the American people".
Trump held his fire on Twitter for a time but unleashed Friday morning while stewing over more coverage.
- Comey writes that Trump said he was thinking about asking the FBI to investigate the allegation to prove it was a lie.
Trump has denied having asked Comey for his loyalty.
Eleven months after the controversial dismissal from his position, Comey's scathing retort paints President Trump as a liar and a mobster-like figure. In May, shortly after Comey's dismissal, he rejected Trump's description of Comey as a "nut job" and said "I like Comey" - though he also defended Trump's decision to fire him.
Trump a year ago abruptly removed Comey who was overseeing a criminal probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election that was won by him. Those that have read the advance copies have reported that Comey includes plenty of personal attacks directed at Trump's physical attributes and Comey compares Trump to a mob-boss. "It's possible, but I don't know". It's lead headline is "PEE BRAIN!" - a reference to unconfirmed allegations in the dossier that Trump had watched prostitutes urinate on themselves in a Moscow hotel suite.
Todd also asked Ryan if he agreed with Trump's description of Comey as a "slimeball".
Asked if he would bring legislation to the floor protecting special counsel Robert Mueller, Mr. Ryan said, "I don't think it's necessary".
Very soon, the book will be out, and the country will buy it in droves, and decide where Comey's loyalty lies. The Democratic argument is that Comey's conduct toward Clinton was wrong - their argument is still the same on this front - and that Comey's current testimony about Trump's conduct has legitimate revelatory value.
Speaking with reporters at the White House, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey "seems like a disgruntled ex-employee; after all, he was sacked".