The sense that the clash between a disruptive President who marches to his own tune and traditional establishment values is becoming serious heightened over the weekend after Comey, who was sacked by Trump, purportedly for not professing loyalty to the President, attacked him for moral turpitude and suggested he may be compromised because of this.
The president in a tweet, his first remarks since Comey called Trump "morally unfit" and "a serial liar" in a televised interview, took aim at Comey's handling of the 2016 Hillary Clinton email server investigation.
Former FBI special agent and 25-year veteran Jack Garcia was particularly scathing after Comey's interview.
"He had impressively coiffed hair, his tie was too long as it always is, he looked slightly orange up close with small white half-moons under his eyes, which I assume are from tanning goggles", he said.
But you can not have, as president of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values that I believe Republicans treasure and Democrats treasure and Independents treasure...
"It is wrong to stand idly by, or worse, to stay silent when you know better, while a president brazenly seeks to undermine public confidence in law enforcement institutions that were established to keep our leaders in check", Comey wrote.
"There's a non-zero possibility that the Russians have some, some sway over him that is rooted in his personal experience, and I don't know whether that's the business about the activity in a Moscow hotel room or finances or something else", Comey said. "My loyalty's supposed to be to the American people and to the institution", Comey said in the interview.
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House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, said on Fox News Channel on Sunday that Comey was "out for reveng" against Trump. Everybody's got opinions. I may agree with Comey that Trump is morally unfit to be president, but that doesn't mean it's particularly important that he thinks so.
Comey's morality-based contempt for Trump appears so strong that he wondered aloud, in the interview: "Where are we as a country?"
When asked by Stephanopoulos if Obama was trying to "color the case" against Clinton, Comey said "I don't know".
In the one-on-one meeting, Comey says, Trump seemed to suggest that Comey should stop the FBI's investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, related to his communications with Russians.
"I'd be a insane person to make it up", he continued. You know you're in odd waters when the Republican National Committee dedicates a section of its web site to "Lyin Comey", a piling on of anti-Comey criticism, before the book is even officially released.
"The American people see right through the blatant lies of a self-admitted leaker", Sanders said Friday.
The Republican National Committee already has launched an offensive against the book, challenging the former director's credibility with a feature on its website titled "Lyin Comey". But Comey writes in his book that after the 2016 election, then-President Obama told Comey that he remained confident in his "integrity" and "ability".