Before airing George Stephanopoulos' interview with former FBI Director James Comey, ABC News made the unusual decision of releasing a full transcript of its nearly five-hour talk, including all the material that was not included in the broadcast. ABC News President James Goldston said in an interview Monday that it was an important example of transparency, and that it had paid off with the transcript becoming the most popular item on ABC News' website.
President Donald Trump on Monday continued his effort to discredit Comey, the morning after the ABC interview. In a Monday tweet, Trump accused Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whom he also fired, of being "disgruntled," alleging they and other FBI officials collectively "committed many crimes!" (The president did not specify what crimes he believes Comey and other committed.)
At a business roundtable in Hialeah, a predominantly Latino Miami suburb, Trump said Monday the GOP tax law and his push to slash regulations are boosting the U.S. economy and helping Hispanic workers. The event included testimonials from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who praised the administration's handling of Cuba and Venezuela. Trump praised his new national security adviser John Bolton for the airstrikes in Syria on Friday. As the crowd applauded, Trump joked, "Are you giving him all the credit? You know that means the end of his job."
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump is perplexed that James Comey is receiving so much attention for what she characterized as a "revisionist" version of limited interactions with her boss. "[Comey] has a very deft way of making things about him."