So many questions, so little prime time.
If ABC News’ Sunday night special about James Comey felt condensed, in which’s because nearly all 5 hours of interview was compressed into an hour-long program.
the idea was a difficult task for the producers along with editors — although they conveyed Comey’s complex decision-creating as FBI director along with his complicated feelings about President Donald Trump, who fired him last May.
ABC chief anchor George Stephanopoulos had the scoop — the very first interview with Comey. the idea was recorded last Monday at Comey’s home in suburban Washington.
While there are still some unanswered questions, of course, ABC’s Sunday night telecast told the Comey tale through start to finish. the idea was, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated interviews of the year.
“No FBI director has ever played such a consequential role in a presidential election. No FBI director has ever been fired as he was investigating a president,” Stephanopoulos told CNNMoney.
What did Stephanopoulos desire viewers might take away through the interview?
“After tonight, I desire people know more about what James Comey has been thinking along with feeling since in which day,” he said. “I tried to ask the most critical questions about the critical decisions he made.”
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Stephanopoulos will interview Comey again Tuesday, live on ABC’s morning show, “GMA.”
in which’s the day Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty,” officially comes out.
Macmillan, the publishing house behind the book, has ordered an initial print run of 850,000 copies, expecting super-charged sales.
ABC producers along with editors worked for several days to highlight the best parts of the interview for their prime-time special. The edit was finally “locked,” or finished, early Sunday afternoon.
In one highlight, Stephanopoulos said: “You write in which President Trump will be unethical, untethered to the truth. will be Donald Trump unfit to be president?”
Comey responded: “Yes. although not from the way I often hear people talk about the idea. I don’t buy This specific stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia. He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who’s tracking conversations along with knows what’s going on. I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president.”
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ABC published the full transcript of the interview on its website. Lots of others are set to follow.
After appearances on “GMA,” NPR’s “Morning Edition,” along with “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday, Comey will appear on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday. His first cable news interview will be on “The Lead with Jake Tapper” on CNN on Thursday afternoon.
Speaking on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN, former presidential adviser David Gergen said in which Comey “can be a showboat. although he added in which Comey “speaks through a deep ethical place, along with he’s saying some things in which he thinks the country needs to say along with needs to hear.”
Gergen said Comey’s book could “change the narrative” about the Trump presidency.
“the idea’s been genuinely hard to put all the pieces together in our minds about, ‘How does This specific all add up?'” he said. “Comey comes along along with says, ‘This specific reminds me of prosecuting the mob along with essentially a mob boss in which I’m having to deal with.'”
Gergen added, “If in which becomes the narrative, sort of the dominant narrative, in which’s going to affect our politics, the idea’s going to affect the way historians see This specific.”
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CNNMoney (brand-new York) First published April 16, 2018: 1:55 AM ET