Trump goes on Twitter rant against Comey ahead of explosive interview

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Mr. Trump's early-morning missives slammed the ex-director as a "slimeball", while simultaneously casting Comey as someone he "hardly knew". Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty", will be released Tuesday, and he is now amid a media blitz to promote it - including a Sunday prime-time interview on ABC.

"He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a bad Director of the FBI", Trump tweeted. Trump has strongly denied the allegation, and Comey says that it appeared the president wanted it investigated to reassure his wife, Melania Trump.

Comey, who Trump fired in May 2017, says in his upcoming book that his decisions about restarting the federal probe into Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers while secretary of state was influenced by her likely winning the 2016 White House race over Trump and that he was concerned about making her a "legitimate candidate".

House Republicans have repeatedly threatened to hold Justice Department officials in contempt as they have sought more than a million pages in documents related to Democrat Hillary Clinton and the beginning of the department's Russian Federation investigation.

Trump has said he fired Comey because of his handling of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's email practices.

While Comey supporters mostly held back from comment till they read the full book, which has not been officially released, some defended his credibility.

Comey also claimed that Trump asked him to "see [his] way clear to letting" an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn fall by the wayside.

Asked if he would bring legislation to the floor protecting special counsel Robert Mueller, Mr. Ryan said, "I don't think it's necessary".

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On April 11 - the last time the two men spoke before Comey was sacked on May 9 - Trump called Comey to make sure they were going to "get out" that Trump was not under investigation.

But since then, the question of Comey's credibility has become a more pressing matter in Washington as he has accused Trump of acting to obstruct the federal investigation into his campaign and business ties to Russian Federation. In the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, only 11% of Democrats approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey compared with 70% of Republicans.

Asked how freaky that meeting with Trump was, Comey said: "Very weird".

And once the dust settles in this high stakes poker game, you've gotta wonder who will be holding the Trump card?

And James Comey said in a soon-to-air interview that his assumption that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency affected his behavior before the election, but in a manner that helped Trump.

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.

"James Comey, a man of integrity?"

After Clapper briefed the team on the intelligence community's findings of Russian election interference, Comey writes, he was taken aback by what the Trump team didn't ask.

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