James Comey admits polls were 'a factor' in email announcement

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In another, the president undertook a mini-review of Comey's memoir: "The big questions in Comey's badly reviewed book aren't answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (why didn't they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe's $700,000 & more?".

President Trump slammed ex-FBI Director James Comey again over the weekend, this time for assuming Hillary Clinton would pummel the former reality TV star in the presidential election.

Sitting down with ABC news during the promotional tour for his book, Comey said that he anxious, "if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out".

A series of excerpts show Comey says Trump responded to news of Russia's election meddling by asking if the interference changed the results, and asked Comey to probe an alleged salacious tape mentioned in the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. The probe was briefly reopened a few days before the November presidential election, but James Comey confirmed the agency's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton.

Trump, who fired Comey, lashed out at the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, calling him a "slimeball" and saying it was "unbelievable" that Comey was making decisions "based on the fact that he thought the Democratic presidential candidate "was going to win". Because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump. "In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job".

The full interview will air Sunday at 10 p.m. In the book, Comey describes Trump as someone "untethered to truth".

The controversy involved Clinton's use of a private email server for official correspondence when she was secretary of state under then-President Barack Obama, including for messages that were later determined to contain classified information.

Twitter users were fast to react to the statements, with many being split over the issue and backing either Trump or Comey. "I hardly even knew this guy".

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