Trump tweets and calls James Comey, 'slippery' and 'out of whack'

James Comey is breaking his silence and describing his interactions with President Donald Trump before he was abruptly fired last year.
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Transcript for Trump tweets and calls James Comey, 'slippery' and 'out of whack'
Egin with the showdown betweensident trump a James Comey. And new attacks just hours before our exclusive interview. The bad blo simme long before trump fired Mey, and getting more personal by the moment as Comey's book is set for release. The president questioning Comey's handling O classified information and the Hillary clintoprobe. Calling Comey a, quote, "Slimeball." There will beuch more when thefull interview airs GHT. George joins us inmoment. T Pierre Thoma leads us off on the comeywd orhe war of S escalating between the former FBI CTND preside trump. Toni with the exclusive ABC news interview houway, the president twng "Slippery Comey, out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the worst FBI director by far." If you knew that letter would ect Donald truyou'd still send it? I would. Rter: Comey prong new details about how torn he was abfoing congreha had reopened the Hillary Clinton e-mail investiust days before the 2016 election. Hillary clintononvinced that that lettefeated he what do you say to her? Ie not. I don't know. I honestly don't know. I sure hno At so level, wasn't the decision to revenfluenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win, and your concern that she wins, this C oeveral weeks later, and then that is by her opponents agn that she's an illegitimate T. It must have been. I don't remembersciously king abouthat, but IST have been. Because I was operating in a world whhillary Clinton wa INT Donald T. And so I'm sure that it was a factor. Like I S I don't rember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she's G to bected president and if I illegitimate the moment she's elected, the on Clinton left the president furious, firing off a series of tweets early thirn "Unbelievably, James Comey states that polls, where crooked Hillary was leading, were a e-mail probe. In other words, he was mak decisions ban the fact that he thought she was going to win, and wanted a job slimeball!" Trump and the white house now treating comiktical opponent. Today, the white house on the at. He clip you played just a few mis ago says can't be sure. I'm sure that was part of it. I think, I thought about I , give me break. The guewly what he doing. He though Hillary Clinton would win. And he thoughts would give him some C. Reporter: Comey fired back on itt, "Three presidents are in my book. Two hellustrate the va at the heart of ethical leadership, one serves as a counterpoint." D director interview includes details aboutmatic encounters with the president, like the first time the two met and the topic was Russian meddling in the election and T most salaciounverified intellce S you head into trump tower that day, were you nervous? Y I'm about to meet with a person who doesn't know me, was just ected present of thenited states. By all accounts, and from my hiing the campaigncould be volatile. D I'm abouto talk to him about gations that he was it and havleverage or hi And Pierre joins us from Washington. In one of thepresidens tweet today, he implies THA Comey should face J time? Reporter: The president accused co of leaking classified informat but H provided no evidence. Comey has she information he provided to the press was not classified. George, you get a sense that James com thinks president trumpbstrted just It's a tough one, because he's going to B wine if indeed roberter bring a ca. He wants to becareful, but certainly doesn't rul I out. In this interview, we see an image of James Comey that goes against the boy sut image. He said he was ei honest. But he has drawn a fair amou criticism, but he said he's going to be as HT and transparents he can be. There will be much morem George's exclusive view with Comey, tonight at 10:

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