Trump Goes On Sunday Morning Twitter Rant Against 'Slimeball' James Comey

Trump Slams Comey As 'Weak And Untruthful Slime Ball'

Ryan also told Todd that he doesn't feel it is necessary for Congress to pass a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller, stating that he doesn't think the president will fire Mueller.

Russian Federation has denied interfering in the election and Trump has denied any collusion or improper activity.

Comey is "weak", and was a "terrible director", Trump said.

In a pair of tweets, Trump accused Comey of leaking classified information and lying to Congress under oath.

The president repeated his belief that Comey deserved to be fired and expressed confidence the American public "would see through his lies" and realize Comey was part of a "deep state" effort to undermine the administration.

Trump also denied Comey's repeated claims - both in his book and during his congressional testimony under oath previous year - that Trump asked him to pledge him his loyalty. Reuters has obtained a copy.

Former FBI Director James Comey is set to release his new book, "A Higher Loyalty", on April 17, but excerpts have already been leaked.

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He described Trump as volatile, defensive and concerned more about his own image than about alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Moscow has repeatedly denied that it interfered in the 2016 campaign in hopes of tilting the election in Trump's favor. Comey told the outgoing president that he would brief Trump on the salacious details of the so-called Steele dossier.

The president also seemed to be responding to the FBI raid on and court-authorized search of the office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who authorities said has been under criminal investigation for months.

In the interview excerpt released Saturday, Comey said he did not remember "consciously thinking" about the election results as he made a decision to disclose that the FBI had reopened its investigation into candidate Clinton's email use, but he said "I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor". Comey writes that the president gave him flashbacks to his days prosecuting the Cosa Nostra. "Really weird. It was nearly an out of body experience for me". The interview will air Sunday night on ABC. "It's possible, but I don't know", Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

When Comey first brought up the dossier after an intelligence meeting, Trump reportedly interrupted Comey, "asking - rhetorically, I assumed - whether he seemed like a guy who needed the service of prostitutes", Comey writes. There is a risk I'm over-interpreting this... but I don't know of another elected leader who doesn't laugh with some regularity in public.

The allegations left Trump fuming.

In January 2017, USA intelligence chiefs briefed Trump and his advisers on Russia's election meddling.