Trump Slams Comey, Saying He Played Politics With Clinton Investigation

President Donald Trump lit into former FBI Director James Comey on Monday, saying he drafted his exoneration of Hillary Clinton based on political polls that showed her winning the 2016 election, in the latest swap of allegations between the two.

“Comey drafted the Crooked Hillary exoneration long before he talked to her,” Trump said in a posting on Twitter Monday, “then based his decisions on her poll numbers.” Trump also accused Comey of lying to Congress, and along with others in the FBI having “committed many crimes!”

George Stephanopoulos with James Comey for an exclusive interview that will air on April 15.

Photographer: Ralph Alswang/ABC via Getty Images

The president’s outburst followed the highly anticipated broadcast of Comey’s first television interview to promote his book Sunday in which he called Trump “morally unfit” for office and said he couldn’t rule out the possibility that the Russian government has incriminating information about Trump.

“I think it’s possible. I don’t know,” Comey said in an interview with ABC News’s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, when asked whether Trump has been “compromised” by the Russians. “These are more words I never thought I’d utter about a president of the United States, but it’s possible.”

Comey said that he had concluded during the presidential campaign that Trump was dishonest. Americans should be united, he said, in the idea that “our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth.”

“This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president.”

The comments were made in Comey’s first interview since writing his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” which is scheduled for release Tuesday. Excerpts have already been widely reported, prompting President Donald Trump and his conservative allies to launch a furious attack on Comey.

‘Slippery James’

“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 said on Twitter early Sunday.

Speaking on Fox Business Network early Monday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said “the fix was in” against Trump and questioned why Comey waited two months after the election to conduct the briefing if he was so concerned about Russian influence on the campaign.

“This man’s trying to sell books not save the country,” Conway said. “You’re not under oath when you give TV interviews” or write books.

Trump fired Comey in May, leading to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election is reviewing whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, and through other actions.