Trump is 'morally unfit' to be president, might be 'compromised — Comey

President Donald Trump prepares to speak in the Oval Office last week

President Donald Trump prepares to speak in the Oval Office last week

"My sense of (Attorney-General Jeff Sessions). was that he was overmatched for the job. and that he was going to struggle in it".

A big topic of discussion in Comey's interview was his effect on the 2016 presidential campaign.

"But not in the way ..." The media appearance kicks off a publicity tour to promote the release of Comey's new book, "A Higher Loyalty", which paints a scathing portrait of the President. According to sources familiar with Schiller's testimony who spoke with NBC, the former Trump bodyguard turned down the offer and the two men laughed about it as he accompanied Trump back to his room and left him there for the night. Trump posted in one of a flurry of scathing tweets yesterday.

James Comey's book is called A Higher Loyalty. "Just another of his many lies", Trump said on Twitter.

In an interview with ABC broadcast on Friday, Comey discussed his initial encounters last year with the new president, whom he described as volatile, defensive and concerned more about how his own image than about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

He also suggested Comey should be imprisoned, saying, "how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail)".

Having been sworn in in 2013, Comey's time leading the FBI was not due to end until 2023, well beyond the conclusion of what would have been Clinton's first term in office.

Mr Mueller's probe has expanded to include whether Mr Trump obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey.

"And I said, 'You will always get honesty from me, '" Comey recalled. In the clip, Comey characterizes the situation as surreal.

Comey also thinks it's possible that President Donald Trump might be compromised by the Russians. "It's the family, the family, the family, the family". "It's possible, but I don't know", Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

As he has in the past, Comey offered a vigorous defence of his handling of the Clinton email investigation.

"If I ever start considering whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision, we're done", he said.

Still, despite all the Comey craziness, the president's approval ratings have been slowly ticking upward for weeks.

Comey insisted that Trump knew he "was doing something improper".

What did Stephanopoulos hope viewers would take away from the interview?

Should he have waited for his FBI agents to look at Anthony Weiner's emails before blowing up the election on its final weekend, not once but twice? Not for immigration policy. I think he's morally unfit to be President.

"Give me a break", Sanders said. He thought Hillary Clinton would win.

It's a stunning indictment from a man who would know.

Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson watched the interview and shared some impressions of Comey.

Former FBI director James Comey told associates Donald Trump was "outside the realm of normal" and "crazy".

Comey says after he sent letter announcing re-opening of Clinton investigation, "it sucked", and he was "vaguely sick to my stomach".

Earlier Sunday, Trump had preempted Comey's interview with a series of angry tweets.

Excerpts have already been widely reported, prompting President Donald Trump and his conservative allies to launch a furious attack on Comey.

Stephanopoulos asked if Trump had a right to know about the source of funding. He expects his subordinates to cover for him at all costs, even if it means lying for him and then all must defer to the boss.

"That was not happening three or four years ago".

Macmillan, the publishing house behind the book, has ordered an initial print run of 850,000 copies, expecting super-charged sales.

"I panicked at first, and started to pray". I'm not trying to be evasive. "I don't use words like that".