Former FBI Director James Comey revealed in a BBC interview that he had a negative opinion of President Donald Trump before his inauguration.
Comey told BBC’s Stephen Sackur that it wasn’t a “political judgment” but that he had “serious concerns about [Trump’s] ability to respect the obligation to tell the truth.”
Sackur had noted how Comey seemed not to start on a blank slate with Trump:
“It seems to me that in your dealings with Donald Trump from the very get-go, from your first meeting with him before the inauguration in January of 2017, you — very far from bringing a blank slate to your view of him, to your meetings with him — you were deeply suspicious and skeptical of Trump from the start. And that comes out clearly in your recollections, in your memoir.”
Comey defended himself, however, arguing that his opinion of Trump was “fact-based.” The interview, released Monday, came as Comey promoted his book, “A Higher Loyalty.”
A frequent critic of the president, Comey faced both Trump’s and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ wrath amid his book’s release:
Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2018