Comey - who is promoting his new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, released today - said that "the president doesn't get to decide who goes to jail".
On Sunday, before the ABC interview aired, Comey tweeted that his book draws on stories from his life and from lessons he has learned from others. The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast crew sorts through which, if any, of his revelations are new or meaningful.
Bill Hormann spoke with 13abc's political analyst and political science professor at Bowling Green State University Dr. Melissa K. Miller to get her insight on the matter.
Comey told ABC he made what he thought was the appropriate decision and that a belief Clinton would win the vote for president was a factor.
Despite support for penalizing Russian Federation, 52 percent of adults say Trump should invite Vladimir Putin to the White House in an effort to improve U.S. -Russia relations, while 42 percent say Trump should not do so, because it would grant Putin legitimacy. Does that color his reasoning behind writing the book? "He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on", Comey, 57, explained to Stephanopoulos. By heating up his dispute with the president prematurely, he is potentially undercutting the work of another former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is now investigating the president. Sunday night's interview probably does not change that.
Mr Comey is now a crucial witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Mr Trump has tried to obstruct the Russian Federation probe. "I'm not trying to make fun of President Trump".
Meanwhile, the Republicans have revved up a major "discredit Comey" operation.
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Trump fired Comey in May 2017. "If we lose that, we've lost the rule of law, and so there's great danger in the president of the United States saying 'you should be in jail, '" Comey said. But Comey is now undercutting his own standing as an impartial avatar of justice by giving into the temptation to tell the world what he really thinks of the president who fired him.
Some observers felt Comey was out of bounds with certain comments about the size of the president's hands and his skin tone.
Comey called Trump "morally unfit" to be president in his first Stephanopoulos interview, and protesters have already begun to project those words on the facade of Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C. White suburban women are already being recognized by both parties as the key segment of the electorate that could decide the 2018 midterms.
The following day, Trump accused Comey of "committing many crimes" in another tweet.
Bill: Mr. Comey is a witness in the Russian Federation investigation.
The book largely focuses on a laundry list of political flashpoints from the 2016 election campaign and the early months of the Trump administration based on Comey's interactions with him. Comey's firing led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "It would depend and - and I'm just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor, it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent".
Comey claimed that in one of his meetings with Trump, which he had previously described in public congressional testimony, that Trump brought up the investigation of his one-time national security adviser Michael Flynn and asked if the FBI director could "let it go". In interviews and excerpts from the book itself, Comey's take on Trump is damning.