Trump’s rage at Mueller is increasingly delusional. In fact, a Justice Department watchdog report concluded the opposite. Simple start. What they'll want to know is, "What was your North Star? And so I-- I can't my view." And so it was thick with tension and it was-- I felt like I was going to be crushed like a grape, frankly. He and I weren't close, we weren't friends in any social sense. But I've learned from working with great people, from making a lot of mistakes, and from working for people who aren't effective leaders, here's what I think it should be.
But the deputy director who was a great deputy director and a longtime special agent, looked at me and said, "You know you're totally screwed, right?" And I smiled. Or maybe she'll lie to us during the interview, which is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. I actually thought, as bad as this'll be for me personally, this is my obligation, to protect the F.B.I. and the Justice Department. What I can say is the material is legitimate.
So my first draft, which I wrote myself, said, "Gross negligence." It's a lawyer term. The FBI didn't get any information that's part of the so-called Steele dossier, as I understand it, until after that. But it allowed us to be consistent with our standard which is, if possible, we should avoid action in the run-up to an election that might have an impact. And that they would advise against it. That's a terrible option, to speak.
That's what he meant, "You're totally screwed." And-- one of my kids-- I stayed off Twitter during that period of time. And I-- I get that. And so again, in that-- in that session with the Senate, I got the chance to lay that out. And there were a variety of questions, especially focused on, "So how do we stop it from happening in the future," questions about sources and whatnot and how certain we were.
And I assumed he was asking that rhetorically, I didn't answer that, and I just moved on and-- and explained, "Sir, I'm not saying that we credit this, I'm not saying we believe it. You could've asked me, when I became F.B.I. director, if I could imagine those conversations. And I'm thinking all this as I'm walking and I have this awkward look on my face. And so I just waited. It's the family, the family, the family, the family.
Valentine's Day. And that-- I don't know where that's coming from. And she somehow got the F.B.I. police to go down and get it, scanned it, e-mailed it to me. Over in a flash. Wow, was my reaction. And-- that the job was f-- much, much bigger than he was. And that's not a policy statement. That's why he didn't speak up on several different occasions when he should've spoken up-- about President Trump.
Democrats have an advantage in enthusiasm. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. The interview took five hours to conduct, but a viewer watching the special would hardly know it. A copy of former FBI Director James Comey's new book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership," is on display, Apr. Mueller III. The claims about Comey were among several in the past week highlighting Mr.
Why did you make the decision you made?" And I hope your answer's going to be, "'Cause I took the time to think about what matters. But in a way, there was no other way I could act. But I knew he saw it the way I did. As you say, no one's perfect. F.B.I.'s an enormous organization. And I said, "Yup. But after nine or ten months of investigating, it looked like on the current course and speed, this is going to end without charges.
It-- it is real. And I decided that would be brutally unfair to the subject of the investigation, Hillary Clinton. And the reason I used that term is I wanted to also explain that I don't mean that in the sense that a statute passed 100 years ago means it. So the FBI is investigating Russian interference in our campaign, and whether or not any individuals associated with President Trump are cooperating with that interference.
Actually never spoke to me about it personally. I've devoted my life in government to institutions that have no impact on elections. I-- I believe in the chain of command. I just can't figure out which party." And I took that as a compliment, but also an illustration of what I'm talking about. S-- so what did she say to you? He said, "I know you. And he conveyed that it was a joint high-confidence assessment, which is very unusual.
We just thought it very important that you know." And I explained, "One of the F.B.I.'s jobs is to protect presidency from coercion. Like, it's hard to imagine them even sitting here. But I was determined there's not going to be a hug, 'cause I'm not a master of television but I knew that would be a real problem. And the president showed up and had me sit down and it turned out just to be the two of us and that the purpose of the meeting, the dinner was for him to extract from him a promise of loyalty.
Sit." And then he left and-- went down the hall, apparently to the Oval Office, and came back and said, "He's in the Oval. We were there for a briefing, which was a very good idea, to give the new president an understanding of the terrorism threat in the United States, which is the F.B.I.'s primary responsibility. That-- unless I'm-- I-- I-- said something that people misunderstood, I don't remember even intending to say that.
Makes no sense at all. First of all, what are the Russians doing in the Oval Office? And that he was going to struggle in it. There's something more important than that that should unite all of us, and that is our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. And that's why he's speaking out now. I've never quite gotten there, but here's what it should look like.
Kim's fleet of Soviet-era planes can fly him more than a few thousand miles from North Korea." That sounds terrifying . Keep in mind: Kim hasn't flown outside of North Korea since he took office. A viewer could almost sense a roomful of news execs standing just out of frame, breathing down Stephanopoulos’s neck. Laura Loomer, a self-proclaimed investigative journalist, stood up and shouted at Comey while he was preparing to answer written audience questions at a Barnes & Noble event.
Trump's vivid agitation with perceived political enemies. But I decided I had to write this one to try and be useful. Right at the beginning of your career, you're involved in prosecution of major mafia figures. The law was clear. And I knew that his gravitas, his-- his experience, his weight, would be important. How much time do you have? It was opened in the ordinary course in our counterintelligence division.
And so what will we do? Dig into that. The content is real. No, but there's a third route. And then my staff convinced me that that's just going to confuse all kinds of people, if you start talking about statutes and what the words mean. What are you thinking then? And I think I explained why-- I thought the FBI shouldn't sign up at this point. Speaking is really bad; concealing is catastrophic. Speaking is going to have some impact, potentially.
You're the FBI, you're supposed to be finding the facts. Yeah, I don't-- I-- she knew enough, Patrice, the pain that I was in that-- and how hard these decisions were that I don't think she spent a lotta time-- I think she got actually where I was. I know you. You say high confidence. And the reason I say that is most people look slightly different in person. I said, "We're not saying that-- I'm not saying that I believe the allegations, I'm not saying that I credit it." I never said, "I don't believe it," because I-- I couldn't say one way or another.
And so I extend my hand and he grabs my hand and he pulls in and back. I think he was. And so it would be monologue in this direction, monologue in that direction, monologue in a different direction. Let me stop you there. Well I know the attorney general didn't want to leave because-- he ac-- he was-- I'm sitting here, he was sitting off to my right and the door by the grandfather clock was off to my left.
That's crazy. I was a bit numb at the time. One, as a counter intelligence person I'm thinking, "That's crazy--" without any Americans being present, one. And you also said that the deputy attorney general, who's now running the Russia investigation, you said what he put out in support of your firing was just a pretext, and the pretense then fell away. The most important being truth. He got fired.
Shock poll : Sen. Democrats only need to flip 23 seats to take back the House." http://bit.ly/2HJNlg5 ANNOUNCED THIS A.M. The next morning’s “GMA” appearance seemed like a compulsory hangover; Comey remained bright, but there was already the sense of a world moving on. Loomer shouted "You're going to get locked up" and called Comey a criminal, saying that he would be "prosecuted for your transgressions" in a video posted to her Twitter account.