James Comey's first interview since his firing

Veronica Rocha, Amanda Wills and Brian Ries, CNN
10:10 a.m. ET, April 16, 2018
10:10 a.m. ET, April 16, 2018

Kellyanne Conway: "Comey is engaging in revisionist history"

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, says Trump believes former FBI director James Comey is "engaging in revisionist history."

"Jim Comey loves to be in the center of power. He loves to divert the spot light to himself and be in the center of power."

Conway told CNN this morning that Trump is now "correcting the record because there were two people involved in the conversations."

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9:57 a.m. ET, April 16, 2018

Here's what Comey is doing this week

Former FBI director James Comey gave his first sit-down interview since being fired aired to ABC last night.

That marked the start of Comey's publicity tour for his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," which will be released tomorrow. This will be the first time the American public has heard extensively from Comey since his explosive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June of last year.

Here's what's on Comey's schedule so far:

  • He'll appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" live on Tuesday.
  • Later on Tuesday night, Comey will go on CBS's "The Late Show" and sit down with host Stephen Colbert.
  • Next, on Wednesday, he'll appear on ABC's "The View."
  • Comey will sit down with CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday (He'll also attend a CNN town hall on April 25).

9:31 a.m. ET, April 16, 2018

Trump is tweeting about Comey this morning

The morning after former FBI director James Comey's first interview since being fired, President Trump is tweeting about him:

The President criticized Comey on Twitter before his Sunday night interview, too. Here are some of the Saturday morning tweets:

11:40 p.m. ET, April 15, 2018

New York Times releases forceful editorial: Trump "is not above the law"

From CNN's Brian Stelter 

With an unusually long editorial in Monday's newspaper, The New York Times is making a forceful statement: "The president is not above the law."

The 1,366-word article warns that President Donald Trump "may act to cripple or shut down an investigation by the nation's top law-enforcement agencies into his campaign and administration." It says that "lawmakers need to be preparing now for that possibility because if and when it comes to pass, they will suddenly find themselves on the edge of an abyss, with the Constitution in their hands."

The editors are referencing concerns Trump could fire special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"More Republicans need to make it clear that they won't tolerate any action against either man," The Times says.

The editorial takes up a full page of Monday's Times. Normally, there are several editorials and letters from readers on the page. But the editorial page editor, James Bennet, said this moment in time called for a unique response.

11:39 p.m. ET, April 15, 2018

7 quotes from Comey's first sit-down interview

Former FBI Director James Comey's first sit-down interview since he was fired by President Trump just aired tonight on ABC.

He talked a lot about President Trump and the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Here are some of the things he said:

On Trump's hair: "He had-- impressively coifed hair, it looks to be all his. I confess, I stared at it pretty closely and my reaction was, 'It must take a heck of a lot of time in the morning, but it's impressively coifed.'"

On Trump's presidency: "I think he's morally unfit to be president."

On whether Trump should be impeached: "I hope not because I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook, and have something happen indirectly, that I believe they're duty bound to do directly."

On Trump wanting loyalty: Comey claimed Trump told him, "I expect loyalty, I need loyalty." 

On whether Trump obstructed justice: Comey said there is "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice."

On being fired: "I thought it's crazy to fire me."

On whether Russia has compromising information on Trump: "I think it's possible. I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a President of the United States, but it's possible."

11:08 p.m. ET, April 15, 2018

RNC chair: Comey's "true higher loyalty is to himself"

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel just issued a statement about former FBI Director James Comey's interview on ABC tonight:

“James Comey’s publicity tour reaffirms that his true higher loyalty is to himself. The only thing worse than Comey’s history of misconduct is his willingness to say anything to sell books. He has no credibility and President Trump was right to follow through on the bipartisan calls for him to be fired.”
11:02 p.m. ET, April 15, 2018

Why Comey doesn't think Trump should be impeached

Former FBI director James Comey says he hopes President Trump is not impeached.

"I hope not because I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook, and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty bound to do directly," Comey said.

"People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values. And so -- impeachment, in a way, would short circuit that."
11:01 p.m. ET, April 15, 2018

Comey says Trump treats women like "pieces of meat"

James Comey, the former FBI director, said President Trump treated women like "pieces of meat."

The remarks came in an interview tonight with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

Asked if he thinks Trump is unfit to be president, Comey said, "Yes."

"But not in the way I often hear people talk about it," he said. "I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia. He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on. I don't think he's medically unfit to be president. I think he's morally unfit to be president. A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be President of the United States, on moral grounds. Our president must embody respect, and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president."
10:59 p.m. ET, April 15, 2018

Comey: "It's possible" the Russians have dirt on Trump

From CNN's Veronica Stracqualursi

Former FBI Director James Comey said he believes "it's possible" that Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump.

"I think it's possible. I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a President of the United States, but it's possible," Comey told ABC News during a wide-ranging, five-hour long interview, a portion of which aired on Sunday evening, promoting his tell-all book "A Higher Loyalty," due out next week.

"I (would have) been able to say with high confidence about any other President I dealt with, but I can't. It's possible," Comey said.

Comey was fired by the President last year in the midst of the FBI's investigation into whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

When he was still FBI chief, Comey briefed Trump on the details of a dossier -- portions of which remain unconfirmed -- that was commissioned as opposition research during the 2016 election and compiled by a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele. The dossier contained salacious allegations about the President during a trip he took to Moscow in 2013.