But he said in Trump's case, he could not discount the possibility that the president had been compromised.
"I think it's possible", he said. "His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!" "That his inauguration crowd was bigger than that Barack Obama's first inauguration".
In the interview, Mr Comey said he assumed Mrs Clinton would win. "I was dreading it", Comey said, noting he'd be "an unhappy F.B.I. director, but in a way proud of the organization and in my role in trying to protect it". According to sources familiar with Schiller's testimony who spoke with NBC, the former Trump bodyguard turned down the offer and the two men laughed about it as he accompanied Trump back to his room and left him there for the night.
Comey paints a devastating portrait of a president who built "a cocoon of alternative reality that he was busily wrapping around all of us".
"He again strongly denied the allegations, asking - rhetorically, I assumed - whether he seemed like a guy who needed the services of prostitutes". Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politicizing the investigation. "He is morally unfit to be president".
"He talked about the trappings of the White House, saying something to the effect of 'This is luxury. He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on", Comey said. It was recorded last Monday at Comey's home in suburban Washington.
"I'm sure that it was a factor".
"I honestly thought these words would never come out of my mouth, but I don't know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013". I interrupted his monologue. Comey describes Trump as a congenital liar and unethical leader, devoid of human emotion and driven by personal ego. 'But not the second part. "The Triumph of Politics" is Mr. Stockman's own 1986 explication on this subject. A hardness, or darkness.
The opinions expressed are his own. "Going to damage those important norms".
More recently, Trump has complained that the FBI treated Clinton more leniently than it has treated his associates during the probe into Russian interference in the presidential election.
Merriam-Webster, a publisher of dictionaries since the 19th century, defines "slimeball" as "a morally repulsive or odious person". The silent circle of assent. But then the holes in principle became apparent, as did the holes in his boss.
He said Mr Comey was lying and is not smart. "He said he didn't want to work for dishonorable people who would treat someone like me in such a manner".
"After tonight, I hope people know more about what James Comey has been thinking and feeling since that day", he said. He also fumed about Mueller, and considered firing the special counsel, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose recusal from the Russia probe led to Mueller's appointment by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.
Who spoke on a near-daily basis about the importance of the FBI's role in protecting the civil liberties of all Americans, of the importance of the rule of law, and of the importance of an independent FBI, precisely to defend the United States of America against the kinds of attacks Trump and his supporters are staging against everything for which America has always stood.