Yahoo!-ABC News Network | © 2018 ABC News Internet Ventures. Those ethical values are what are going to last. But I have to say what the Justice Department can certify to, what we find lawful. And so I called Bob and told him what was happening. I'm not a perfect leader. I didn't focus on it. We've just opened a criminal investigation of one of the people who will likely be candidate for president of the United States in the middle of that viciously partisan atmosphere.
I don't think so. The F.B.I. knows they're junk. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And I think eight about top secret topics. S-- so what impact did the Steele-- the so-called Steele dossier have on the FBI investigation? It was the secondly of Homeland Security, and the director of National Intelligence, my boss. Senior Justice officials weren't convinced that you actually had an obligation to tell Congress that at that time.
It seems inconsistent. And that-- that wasn't a new lesson. I know my amazing spouse did. You think the result could change. It was right-- January 5th in the oval office. A small conference room, looked kinda ordinary to me. Well, at that point, he said that. So-- so-- at-- at-- at this point, you've had-- two substantive conversations with the president. She said, "That's Jim's 'oh shit' face." And so I'm walking forward thinking that, thinking, "How could he think this is a good idea?
I-- and I'm not trying to that, by the way, suggest that President Trump is out breaking legs and-- you know, shaking down shopkeepers. But at the end, he asked me whether I wanted to see the president. It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I woulda been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't. That is obviously an area that a special prosecutor would want to investigate.
So they put the headphones on me and I sat on a jump seat between the two pilots and watched them land along the Potomac. Calls you a nut job. I mean, I only worked with him very briefly before I was fired. He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on. And some of them come out with-- with this storyline on James Comey. "Here was a guy who loved being F.B.I. director.
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And when you have to explain what you've done someday to your grandchildren, that's what will matter. And that you really want it or that it's important doesn't change the law. And I wanted him to know about it because of his stature and his ability. There-- I don't think there are any perfect leaders. Shortly thereafter, the F.B.I. opened a criminal investigation. Of course, at the time, I had no idea that I could make both halves angry at us, but we'll come to that later.
I knew this would be terrible for me personally. Yeah, that's tricky for me 'cause-- 'cause the F.B.I.'s told me that I have to be very careful speaking about this 'cause it's still classified. And so that's why there's a two. So if I'm going to be honest, I have to say somehow it's more than ordinary sloppiness. No, in fact, as I said, the information that triggered it was the Papadopoulos information that came in late July.
Their argument was that it was not consistent with our policy, and that we don't normally comment on investigations, all of which I agree with. I mean, "We don't get involved." We get involved if it is the least bad option, right? But if you take the time and look at the posture of the two cases, they're very, very different. And investigating one of the two candidates for president of the United States.
And you didn't tell us that?" And so, again, people can weigh that differently, but that's how I thought about it. The president and the vice president in arm chairs with their back to the fireplace and I was sitting slightly off to the right so the president would have to look slightly left to see me. And a group of them sat at the table with us and a group sat at the wall behind me, against the curtain.
It did to me. That he's going to try to hug me, the guy that a whole lot of people think, although that's not true, but think I tried to get him elected president and did. Something that made me uncomfortable and my best intuition at that point was it's part of an effort to make me part of the team, to make me “amica nostra.” And that it made me deeply uncomfortable. The-- the loyalty oaths, the boss as the dominant center of everything, it's all about how do you serve the boss, what's in the boss' interests.
Back again. Yeah, I saw that. Eventually my assistant, Althea James-- there was an actual person down on Pennsylvania Avenue knocking on the front door of the F.B.I. with a letter from the president. That's it. Says the pressure's been relieved now, the pressure on him has been relieved. My sense of him, maybe it's unfair to him, was that he was over matched for the job. I don't think he's medically unfit to be president.
It's really fun to engage with young people. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had surgery after contracting an intestinal infection. From Dave Weigel : “[Paul Ryan’s] surprise announcement last week that he would retire at the end of his term boosted Democrats’ hopes that they could wrest back control of the House this fall. Inspector General office’s investigation into Andrew McCabe, Comey’s successor at the FBI.
Comey, whose optics imply discipline, self-control and lack of guile. The interview took five hours to conduct, but a viewer watching the special would hardly know it. Follow @emilyyahr The story must be told. 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.
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. And I didn't know when we'd opened it. 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.
What I can say is the material is legitimate. Two, she announced publicly what she was doing before talking to me. 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.
That's a terrible option, to speak. No way. 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.
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I r-- I was never going to write a book. 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.