The man who served as Trump's FBIÂ director until the president fired him in May said the truth, the rule of law and integrity were "things [that] matter before any fights about policies" like whether the US should build a border wall or more strictly regulate the sale guns.
In his first televised interview since President Trump fired him last year, James Comey calls Trump "morally unfit to be President". Rosenstein harshly criticized Comey's management of the investigation and his decision to publicly announce that the Clinton investigation had been closed in July 2016.
The president said Comey "stupidly" handled a probe into Trump's 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton and how she used a private email server during her time as secretary of state. "And I remember thinking, 'How could your wife think there's a 1 per cent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?' I'm a flawed human being, but there's literally zero chance that my wife would think that was true".
Comey compared Trump's presidency to a "forest fire" during the "20/20" interview - blasting the commander in chief for everything from his problematic legal issues to his treatment of women. "And if we lose that, if we lose tethering of our leaders to that truth, what are we?"
Merriam-Webster, a publisher of dictionaries since the 19th century, defines "slimeball" as "a morally repulsive or odious person".
"It's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", Comey answered.
But the president's characterization that Comey was influenced by polls is an oversimplification of what the former FBI director wrote.
Trump's tweets included numerous allegations that are unproven and unverified.
'People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values'.
The former lawyer also compared the President to one of the mafia bosses he once took on, calling his leadership ego driven and about personal loyalty. Was she promised a Supreme Court seat, or AG, in order to lay off Hillary. "Comey said Trump told him, "I hope you can let it go." hopes I can let it go".
"Looking at me, he said, 'You think it was a great answer, right?' and started to move on".
The dossier included intelligence suggesting the Kremlin was engaged in an effort to assist Trump's campaign for president.
But on that crucial obstruction question, Mr Comey - in his first interview since his sacking - told ABC America's George Stephanopoulos: "Possibly". It contains unflattering descriptions of both the president and First Lady Hillary Clinton. But instead of taking in the ramifications on the fate of the country, Trump's team immediately tried spinning it from a PR perspective.
As for "lewd dossier allegations" the Post alludes to in its headline? Major media outlets, including CNN, obtained copies of the book this week and quickly published reports on its scathing and unsparingly critical depictions of the President.
Stephanopoulos said it's "stunning" that this is something he cannot completely rule out. Schiller testified that he stood outside Trump's hotel room for a time and then went to bed.
Comey's disclosure shortly before the election that the FBI had reopened its investigation into her email use enraged Democrats.
"I'm about to meet a person who doesn't know me, who's just been elected president of the United States". Mr Trump talks about and treats women like pieces of meat.