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Comey admits that he did not vote for Obama, and financially supported his opponents, but writes glowingly of the Obama he came to know, describing him as "an extraordinary listener" and a man of kindness and intellect. In it, Comey wrote that Trump, in a private meeting, pressed the then-FBI director for his loyalty.

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"Looking at me, he said, 'You think it was a great answer, right?' and started to move on".

"A Higher Loyalty" is an intimate view of FBI investigations and prosecutions over Comey's career. But Ryan again declined to endorse any legislation that would protect Mueller from being fired by Trump. Comey has also provided the president himself with a very pleasant distraction, handing Trump the opportunity to do what he does best: send angry, insult-laden tweets that fire up both his base and the fifth estate.

"I said to him, 'Sir that's up to you but you want to be careful about that because it might create a narrative that we're investigating you personally and, second, it's very hard to prove something didn't happen", Comey said.

"He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a awful Director of the FBI", Trump added.

"No one, to my recollection, asked so what's coming next from the Russians, how might we stop it, what's the future look like", Comey said.

Comey kept contemporaneous memos of his interactions with the president and told the Senate Intelligence Committee last June that he did so because he thought Trump might lie about them.

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Comey fires countless fusillades against the president who fired him in May 2017, summing up at the end: "T$3 his president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values".

Trump took aim at one excerpt from the memoir, "A Higher Loyalty", that has circulated in the media in recent days, in which Comey admitted it was "possible" his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails was swayed by polls that showed she was likely to win the 2016 presidential election.

The battle plan against Comey, obtained by CNN Thursday, calls for branding him "Lyin' Comey" through a website, digital advertising and talking points to be sent to Republicans before his memoir is released next week.

"As far as I know, " Ryan replied. Comey told the president he was not being investigated with respect to certain allegations made in the so-called Steele dossier, a raw file compiled by an ex-British spy and shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (later published by BuzzFeed News).

He said Mr. Trump was "disappointed" by his decision to leave, "but he understood".

"We find that Mr. Comey has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntled ex-employee, afterall he was sacked", Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway added.

Comey also wrote that in a post-election briefing for senators, then-Sen.