James Comey warns no one 'sensible' in Donald Trump's inner circle to stop his 'impulsive behaviour' in BBC Newsnight interview

EX-FBI director James Comey has claimed those in Donald Trump's inner circle can't control the outspoken President.

In an interview with Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, broadcast this evening, Comey said even Trump's closest aides are unable to stop his "impulsive behaviour".

Comey was asked if he "could sleep easy at night" knowing the President was surrounded by "sensible and reasonable" people.

He said: "I wake up some mornings and read the President is demanding the jailing of private citizens, occasionally me, and so that's one of the reasons I am confident there are not adequate people around him to stop impulsive behaviour.

"We have actually become numb to it in the United States. Our President calling for the imprisonment of private citizens. That is not okay, that is not normal. It is not acceptable."

When asked if he disliked the President he said: "Not as a person. I actually feel sorry for him as a person. I dislike his actions especially the attack on the rule of law and the truth."

Maitlis then asked Comey if he was still in charge of the FBI would there be information he would not share with Trump over fears it would leak out and put national security at risk.

He replied: "You would have to think about it in a way you wouldn't have with other Presidents."

Comey was also asked whether or not he played a pivotal role in the result of the Presidential election for his role in the Hillary Clinton email probe and defended his decision to go public with his findings.

He replied: "I hope not, It was certainly an important role, a prominent role whether it made a difference…I hope not."

Comey admitted he did, reluctantly,  get dragged into the world of politics but insisted the FBI was still a non political organisation.

He said: "I believe we (the FBI) were stuck in the middle of an amazing 500 year of flood and political venom in the United States. Waves of partisan anger washed over us. It is definitely not a political organisation."

He was also grilled by the BBC reporter on why he didn't speak out about the alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia before the election.

Comey said: "Unlike the Clinton investigation, which was already public, we were in the very early stages of counter intelligence investigations of a very small group of Americans – not Donald Trump  – to try to figure out if there is a connection between these people and the Russia effort."

He said he also understands why Hillary Clinton blames him for her election loss and urged the Democrat to read his new book to understand why he did what he did.

Maitlis then asked Comey why he didn't tell the then President elect about all the lurid details contained in the so-called 'steel document'.

She said: "One part of the dossier contains salacious allegations that he ordered prostitutes in a Moscow hotel to urinate on each other as he watched in a bed the Obamas had once slept in. You held back from telling him that line, why?"

He replied: "Cos it's hard enough to talk to the President elect and use the words prostitutes and Moscow hotel in the same sentence. My goal was do as little as needed to let him know that this was out there."

Comey was then challenged on why he never stood up to Trump when the President constantly demanded his undying loyalty.

He said despite the pressure mounting on him he had no plans to quit his job confirming he found out he was sacked on TV.

He also said he hopes that Trump has no plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller  – so he can get to the bottom of the Russia claims.

Comey then went on to double-down on his claims that the President is not always truthful.

"The way in which he acts especially his corrosive effect on norms, truth telling being the most important of them has that staining effect on institutions and people that are close to him," said Comey.

"He has a habit of, and even people close to him will agree with this I think, of telling lies – sometimes big, sometimes casual  – and then insisting the people around him repeat them and believe them and that stains any individual."

He ended the interview by saying he wants Trump to succeed – especially in his dealings with North Korea – but fears he will still damage America's core values.

The Republican President has also attacked "slippery" Comey for telling "many lies" and claimed he is responsible for sensitive information being leaked.

Comey was sacked last May amid the FBI's probing of possible connections between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia's meddling in the American elections.

Russia has denied interfering in the election and Trump has denied any collusion or improper activity.

Comey is now a crucial witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump has tried to obstruct the Russia probe.

His tell-all book, "Higher Loyalty," which is due out on Tuesday, claims the President wanted to prove to the First Lady that he hadn’t paid Russian hookers to urinate on a hotel bed.

The claims prompted Trump to hurl a new set of insults at Comey .

The President wrote in one of five Twitter posts: "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!"

In earlier interviews, Comey defended his decision to publicly disclose the FBI's re-opening of its investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's handling of email when she was secretary of state.

He said the Clinton probe was already public whereas the FBI's examination of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was in its early stages.

It did not become publicly known until after the 2016 presidential election.

In extracts from the book, already published, Comey writes that Trump, in a private meeting, pressed the then-FBI director for his loyalty.



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Comey told ABC News that the title of the book came from a "bizarre conversation" he had with Trump at the White House in January 2017 shortly after his inauguration.

He said: "He asked for my loyalty personally as the FBI director. My loyalty's supposed to be to the American people and to the institution."

The FBI has long tried to operate as an independent law enforcement agency.

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