Comey told ABC News that after this, Trump said something that distracted him: "He said, 'If there's even a one percent chance my wife thinks that's true, that's bad'". But Comey writes in his book that after the 2016 election, then-President Obama told Comey that he remained confident in his "integrity" and "ability". Comey explains the double standard: He was sure Clinton would win and he didn't want the next president and the Federal Bureau of Investigation tainted by news of a coverup.
According to CNN security correspondent Jamie Gangel, several them worry about the damage Comey's schoolgirl behavior might cause to the FBI's reputation. "I sat there thinking, Holy crap, they are trying to make each of us "amica nostra" - friend of ours".
Trump's tweets came just hours before Comey's first TV interview, with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, was set to air on Sunday evening.
The president insisted Comey is a "leaker and a liar" and called for him to be prosecuted for leaking "classified" information. Trump also sought to rebut Comey's claim that he had demanded personal loyalty, insisting in a tweet that "I hardly even knew this guy".
"He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a bad Director of the FBI", Trump tweeted.
"I had developed great respect for him as a leader and a person", Comey writes at one point. Comey also revealed during the hearing that he documented his interactions with Trump because he was "concerned" that the President "might lie about the nature of our meeting".
The "failing New York Times", as Trump likes to call it, sent out a news alert last night titled "James Comey doesn't mince words in his new book: 'This president is unethical, and untethered to truth.' Here's our critic's review".
"I don't know the answer to that", Comey said.
Trump previous year 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.
There are also details about Trump's attitude toward Russian Federation, and the president's apparent fixation on a story about a dossier with salacious allegations against the president.
Comey has indeed faced criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike - and the release of his book gives him a high-profile platform to defend himself.
Trump would probably do best, in fact, to keep quiet and let Comey destroy on his own the idea, if anyone still holds it, that he's a righteous public servant who cares only about truth, justice, and the American way. "I said it was up to him".
"We find Mr. Comey has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntlement ex-employee", Conway told reporters outside the White House.
"His face appeared slightly orange", Comey writes, "with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coifed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his".