But Comey also said Trump shows his intelligence because he “communicates with people in a direct way,” an apparent reference to the president’s frequent tweets and campaign-style rallies.
Appointed FBI director in 2013, Comey was fired in May 2017.
At the time, Comey was leading a criminal investigation into possible collusion between Russians and Trump associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump criticized Comey over his handling of an investigation into a private email server used by Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. But Comey later told a Senate committee, "It's my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation.”