WATCH: Comey Makes Surprising New Claims In Disastrous Fox News Interview

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Former FBI Director James Comey made startling new statements on Thursday during an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier that many instantly said was a disaster for Comey.

Comey defended sharing his classified memos about conversations with President Donald Trump with his friend, Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman.

“That memo was unclassified then,” Comey told Baier. “It's still unclassified. It's in my book. The FBI cleared that book before it could be published.”

“I didn't consider it part of an FBI file," Comey continued. "It was my personal aid to memoir.”

Notable moments from the interview include:

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