The President lashed out at Mr. Comey in a series of tweets earlier Sunday, saying that the email probe was handled "stupidly" and calling Mr. Comey a "slimeball".
The "20/20" interview was Comey's first since Trump fired him last May. "Maybe it was a contrarian streak or maybe it was something more complicated that explained his constant equivocation and apologies for Vladimir Putin".
Democrats and liberals overwhelmingly find Comey more believable; independents and moderates side with Comey as well, by 48-29 and 57-22 per cent, respectively.
Trump may be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
"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". "And I said, 'Look, I don't know whether that's true or not".
"It must have been", Comey replied.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion by Trump campaign officials in that meddling.
Mr Trump's letter firing Mr Comey said he was losing his job on the recommendation of the Attorney General. But he said Trump's moral qualifications were lacking. "The most important being truth", he added. "This president is not able to do that", he said, according to AFP report.
Comey said that after reading the White House's letter and Rosenstein's and Sessions' memos supporting his removal, he thought, "This is a lie".
'I think it's possible. But if Trump did indeed sleep over at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton, what, exactly, would be motivating him to say that he didn't? "People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values".
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"I started to tell him about the allegation was that he had been involved with prostitutes in a hotel in Moscow in 2013 during a visit for the Miss Universe pageant and that the Russians had filmed the episode", Comey told Stephanopoulos.
He continued: "3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint".
The former federal prosecutor pointed to how Trump "talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat" and "lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it".
But he said in Trump's case, he could not discount the possibility that the president had been compromised.
James Comey's book will be available to purchase on Tuesday.
There was no reaction from Trump after the interview but his pre-emptive tweets made clear his reaction to Comey's book. While Stephanopoulos suggested he might not have known it, the former FBI director said, "Maybe. There's no way I'd let people pee on each other around me".
He received a call from then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly who was "very upset" with the news and was thinking about quitting too. "The Triumph of Politics" is Mr. Stockman's own 1986 explication on this subject.
Comey said his reaction to the news was disbelief. "'Everyone agrees, everyone agrees, I did this the, - I never assaulted these women'". "Just another of his many lies", Trump tweeted.
Trump and his allies have already launched a counterattack.
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