Ever since he was fired by President Donald Trump, former FBI Director James Comey has not given one interview to the press, instead opting to work on his book and send the occasional tweet. Save for his testimony in front of Congress, you haven't heard from him directly. This Sunday, though, ABC will air James Comey's 20/20 interview at 10 p.m. ET, when he opens up about his views on the president.
In promos, George Stephanopoulos is shown asking tough questions. “How strange is it for you to sit here and compare the president to a mob boss?” is one that the network has teased. "Do you think the Russians have something on Donald Trump?" he posed as well. "Was the president obstructing justice?"
In a segment shown on Good Morning America, Comey seemed to hint at the possibility of the pee tape existing. Trump has denied, explaining that he is a germaphobe. “I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013,” said Comey. “It’s possible, but I don’t know.”
The interview comes days before Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, hits the shelves on April 17. "Values — like truth, integrity, and respect for others, to name just a few — serve as external reference points for ethical leaders to make decisions,” Comey writes in the book, explaining the name. “Ethical leaders choose a higher loyalty to those core values over their own personal gain.”
But there are also plenty of tidbits about the president and Comey's interactions with him. "This President is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values. His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty," Comey writes.
On Sunday morning, Trump went on a Twitter rampage against Comey. "Slimeball!" he called him. "The big questions in Comey’s badly reviewed book aren’t answered," Trump continued. "I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies. His 'memos' are self serving and FAKE!"
He did not mince words, and in total there were five tweets focused on Comey. "Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!" Trump wrote.
This is just the latest instance of Trump attacking Comey on Twitter. Just Friday he wrote, "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."
Trump fired Comey in May of 2017. He said in the dismissal letter that the firing was based on a report by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein but later in an interview with NBC News referenced the Russia investigation. "When I decided [to fire Comey], I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story," Trump said.
This has led to speculation that Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice, for trying to end the investigation. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating the matter and is said to be finished, or nearly finished, with that part of the investigation. He is said to be holding the outcome of the probe until he wraps up other areas.
To hear more from Comey on the matter, tune in Sunday night. And you can bet that Trump will be responding via Twitter.