Anticipation is high for former FBI Director James Comey‘s first sit-down interview on television since his ousting from the White House. He will speak with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in the first of a round of media appearances promoting his new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, which will be released Tuesday.
The book has been touted as a tell-all on his time serving President Donald Trump‘s administration. Here are the most shocking things we know so far:
Trump was fixated on proving there was no ‘pee tape.’ He even told Comey to investigate it.
Comey writes that Trump said to him, “I’m a germaphobe. There’s no way I would let people pee on each other around me. No way.” Having reportedly been so obsessed with the matter and ensuring his wife, Melania, didn’t become upset, he asked Comey to look into Russia’s claims that it had footage of prostitutes hired by Trump to urinate of the same bed where President Barack Obama once slept.
Comey was apparently torn over how to approach the Hillary Clinton email probe.
He even included an apology to the woman who was almost the first female president. “I have read she has felt anger toward me personally, and I’m sorry for that,” he writes. “I’m sorry that I couldn’t do a better job explaining to her and her supporters why I made the decisions I made.” During a conversation with senators, he said, “I did my best with the facts before me,” and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who Comey writes had tears in his eyes, took his hand, saying, “I know you. You were in an impossible position.” In his writing, Comey even questioned whether his assumption that Hillary would win had an impact on his perception of the situation.
Loyalty was an obsession for Trump, who is said to have acted like a mafia boss.
“The demand was like Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony,” Comey writes, recalling that the president told him shortly after his inauguration, “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.” This particular concept appears to have influenced the book’s title and a significant portion of its contents.
The president appears to have memorized a list of sexual assault allegations against him.
Comey apparently realized this when Trump implied he had no use for prostitutes. “Asking — rhetorically, I assumed — whether he seemed like a guy who needed the service of prostitutes. He then began discussing cases where women had accused him of sexual assault, a subject I had not raised. He mentioned a number of women, and seemed to have memorized their allegations,” Comey writes. The line bears particular significance given that numerous women have already accused the president of sexual misconduct, and he famously bragged about assaulting one woman in audio captured by Access Hollywood.
Comey describes the size of Trump’s hands relative to his own.
Yeah, he went there. Comey recalled a moment when he shook the president’s hand, making sure to give it a good look. “As he extended his hand, I made a mental note to check its size. It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so,” he writes. Comey also said he believed Trump’s infamous locks were all his own.
These are just a few of the revelations offered by A Higher Loyalty in advance of Comey’s ABC interview. It airs on ABC Sunday night at 10 p.m., ET.
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