Comey told Obama he dreaded prospect of working under Trump
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Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyEXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency Russia docs order sets Trump on collision with intel community Dem lawmaker jabs Trump call for transparency by asking for his tax returns MORE said Sunday he told former President Obama after the 2016 election that he was dreading working in the Trump administration.

Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he met with Obama shortly after Trump was elected. The sitting president reassured Comey that he'd properly handled the FBI investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh could be done quickly Hillary Clinton urges Americans to 'check and reject' Trump's 'authoritarian tendencies' by voting in midterms EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency MORE's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State, despite her campaign blaming the probe for late sinking poll numbers.

Comey said he thanked Obama, and told him that "I dread the next four years. But in many ways, I feel great pressure to stay to try and protect the institution I lead."


"I had some sense of the nature and character of the new president of the United States. And I worried very much that there would be an effort to erode the independence of the FBI," Comey said.

"And I worried, given what I had seen during the campaign, that that effort to remain apart— might be challenged in— in a Trump administration," he added. "And I was right, but that's what I worried about."

Trump has criticized his own Justice Department on multiple occasions since taking office, focusing on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller in particular.

Comey’s interview coincided with the release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” which details his interactions with the president and the fallout from the 2016 presidential campaign. He blasted Trump during the interview, saying he's morally unfit to be president.

In the days since the first excerpts of Comey’s book were released, Trump has lashed out at the former FBI director, labeling him a “leaker and liar,” a “slimeball” and “worst FBI Director in history, by far!”

Trump fired Comey last May. His ouster from the FBI led to the appointment of Mueller to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.