Former FBI Director James Comey has been quiet since he was abruptly fired past year, but he ended his silence during an interview with ABC on Sunday night. While ABC only aired an hour of the interview - which ran ahead of Monday's release of Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty" - Comey and Stephanopoulos reportedly spoke for five hours.
"I mean, I don't know whether it was weird for President-elect Trump, but I- it was nearly an out-of-body experience for me", Comey said of his meeting with then-president-elect Trump.
U.S. President Donald Trump's denunciation of former FBI Director James Comey as a "slime ball" on Friday triggered a 60,000 percent jump in look-ups for the word on Merriam-Webster's website, the dictionary publisher said. That's not a perspective, that's not a view, that's just a lie.
He talks about this mysteriously in his book and in his ABC interview, citing classified information.
Once he was on the plane, Comey said he pulled out a bottle of red wine from his suitcase that he was bringing back from California and drank some of it from a paper cup while looking "out at the lights of the country I love so much as we flew home". Rosenstein harshly criticized Comey's management of the investigation and his decision to publicly announce that the Clinton investigation had been closed in July 2016.
Mr Trump's letter firing Mr Comey said he was losing his job on the recommendation of the Attorney General.
Trump told Comey that he had not stayed overnight in the Moscow hotel and that the claims related to the prostitutes were not true, Comey said.
"I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's the truth".
"Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country", Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
"The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him", he told ABC.
And the book promises to be a damning look at the Trump White House from the perspective of a man who was sacked by the 45th president.
On May 16, The New York Times published an article about a memo Comey reportedly wrote that detailed a February 14 meeting between Comey and Trump. "So I think James Comey is an interesting figure in the sense that, is he our hero?"
Comey acknowledged in the ABC interview that his belief that Clinton would be elected president "was a factor" in his decision to reopen the email probe 11 days before the USA election, a development that Clinton blames for her surprise defeat.
Still, despite all the Comey craziness, the president's approval ratings have been slowly ticking upward for weeks.
Mr Comey is now promoting his new tell-all book, A Higher Loyalty, which is reportedly very critical of Mr Trump. The edit was finally "locked", or finished, early Sunday afternoon.
Comey also said that serving in Trump's administration poses a serious ethical dilemma.
Trump's firing of Comey set off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.
Reuters and other news outlets have obtained copies of Comey's book before its formal release. She also said that Comey never raised any concerns with her regarding the email investigation.
The interview did not appear to contain any significant new information relevant to the questions at the center of Mueller's investigation over alleged collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation and whether the President obstruct justice.
"I don't remember spelling it out", he added, "but it had to have been that she's going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out".