"It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so", Comey reportedly wrote in his book, describing the moment he first met the president past year. That critic is not just any critic-it's Michiko Kakutani, the former chief book critic at the paper.
"It was my great honour to fire James Comey!". The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview.
Even when working for major figures such as NY prosecutor (and later mayor) Rudy Giuliani, President George W. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney, Comey begins with an air of respect but develops doubts and criticism as he discovers their feet of clay. But Ryan again declined to endorse any legislation that would protect Mueller from being fired by Trump. It's the first sit-down, televised interview Comey has given since he was sacked by President Donald Trump a year ago and the first in a series of interviews he will sit for in the coming weeks. Trump's leadership, Comey says, is "transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty". When speaking to then-President-elect Trump and his team about the election scandal, Comey was surprised at how focused they were on the public relations aspect, he said.
Comey states that Trump repeatedly asked him to investigate allegations involving the president and Russian prostitutes in a Moscow hotel.
Mueller, however, has re-emerged at the center of the Trump legal drama - the special counsel named by the Justice Department to continue the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election begun under Comey.
Anticipating broad media attention for Comey as his book tour gets underway, Sanders scolded reporters in advance for preparing to "cover it endlessly, all day today, all day tomorrow, and my guess is every day next week with very little time given to the issues that people care about". And I know luxury.' He said he hadn't mistreated a long list of women, reviewing each case in detail, as he had in our earlier conversation.
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. "I said it was up to him".
He said: "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?". Clinton has blamed Comey for her loss.
"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 White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey "has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntled ex-employee".