Comey: I have serious doubts about Trump's credibility whether under oath or not

Comey: I have serious doubts about Trump's credibility whether under oath or not
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Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyClapper: 'Americans should be very concerned' about lack of notes from Trump-Putin meetings Could Nancy Pelosi be the next president of the United States? Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing MORE said during an interview on Sunday he has serious doubts about President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE's credibility whether he is under oath or not. 

"I have serious doubts about his credibility," Comey told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press." 

"Whether he were under oath or not?" Todd asked. 

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"Correct," Comey responded. "And sometimes people who have serious credibility problems can tell the truth when they realize that the consequences of not telling the truth in an interview or in the grand jury would be dire. But you'd have to go in with a healthy sense that he might lie to you." 

Comey, who was fired by Trump last year, is in the process of promoting his new book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership."

The president fired Comey last May, purportedly due to his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. But Trump later acknowledged that the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election also factored into his decision. 

Trump has repeatedly called Comey a liar and a leaker for authorizing the disclosure of personal memos detailing his interactions with the president.