Geraldo Rivera: Comey is the reason Trump is president
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Fox News host Geraldo Rivera argued Thursday that ex-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report MORE is the reason President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE was elected, and suggested Comey has a “guilty conscience” over his handling of the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series White House defends Biden's 'Neanderthal thinking' remark on masks MORE’s emails. 

“I think what people have to remember, particularly liberals and people on the left, is that James Comey is the reason Donald Trump is president,” Rivera said on Fox News's "The Five."

“I believe he did more to destroy Hillary Clinton’s candidacy than any other person on earth,” he continued. 

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He added that he believes some of Comey’s comments about Trump since his firing may have been “informed by his guilty conscience about destroying Hillary Clinton.”

The first excerpts from Comey’s upcoming book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," were released on Thursday. The passages provided his first extensive public recounting of the events surrounding the 2016 election and his brief time in the Trump administration.

In the book, Comey compares Trump's mentality to that of a mafia boss, and comments on his physical appearance.

He also expresses some regret over how he handled the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State, saying he's sorry he couldn't do a better job explaining why he made the decisions he made in the disclosing the probe.

Trump fired Comey last May. His ouster from the FBI led to the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.