'Start Here' podcast: James Comey

Former FBI director James Comey opens up in an exclusive interview.

It's Monday, April 16, 2018. Here are some of the stories we're talking about on ABC News' new daily podcast, "Start Here." On today's episode, we dive deep into the ABC News exclusive interview with former FBI Director James Comey.

1. Loyalty over dinner

He recounts several other discussions with the president, including the first time he met with then-president-elect Trump. Comey describes how Trump reacted at Trump Tower when he briefed him on the salacious, unverified allegations in the infamous Christopher Steele dossier.

2. Pressure at the DOJ

3. Clinton email investigation

4. "A forest fire"

Comey said in addition to finding similarities between Trump and a mob boss, there’s another destructive entity that Trump reminds him of: a forest fire.

“His presidency is doing, and will do, tremendous damage to our norms and our values, especially the truth. And so that's bad. And terrible things happen in forest fires,” Comey said. “But I'm an optimistic person. And so I choose to see the opportunity in a forest fire 'cause what forest fires do is allow things to grow that never could've grown.

“I see already things growing and flourishing that didn't before this fire. I see the kids marching in the streets, including my own kids, about guns. I see all kinds of civil society getting engaged. I see parents talking to their kids about truth-telling and prejudice and bias and respect. That was not happening three or four years ago. And so there's a lot of good growing. And I also see the courts and Congress getting involved in ways they hadn't before. So I choose to see opportunity,” he said.

"Start Here" is a daily ABC News podcast hosted by Brad Mielke featuring original reporting on stories that are driving the national conversation. Listen for free at Apple Podcasts -- also available on TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio and the ABC News app.

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