NYT White House correspondent Maggie Haberman speaks with George Stephanopoulos about his interview with James Comey -- airing Sunday night on ABC at 10:00 PM.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: [Comey] does go farther in the interview in parts than he does in some of the book. But Maggie, it’s clear here the White House sort of knew there was no way they were going to constrain the president on this, so they might as well dig right into it.
MAGGIE HABERMAN, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, THE NEW YORK TIMES: I think you can set that statement to repeat. They didn’t know they were going to constrain the president on this, on a number of issues. What I heard on Friday was the president was actually -- his mood has been a little all over the place over the last week because of the Michael Cohen raid, as we’ve discussed.
He wasn’t in a terrible mood by the time Friday rolled around, by the time we were starting to hear about what Comey had said to you. Because from their perspective, this was not as bad as they thought it was going to be. I have obviously not read the book. Does not seem like there is a ton of news in it based on what I’ve seen. Your interview, frankly, seems like it’s news-ier.
And they feel like --
STEPHANOPOULOS: And more to come, yes, but --
HABERMAN: Right. And so they -- right. And -- and looking forward to it. But they -- it -- it sounds --
CHRIS CHRISTIE: 10:00 o’clock tonight.
HABERMAN: But it -- they felt like it could have been worse. And frankly, as irritating as Comey is to the president, insults like the hand size and so forth are actually --
STEPHANOPOULOS: -- it helps them, clearly.