Trump attacks former FBI director as 'slime ball' over critical book

Sunday, 15 Apr, 2018

On Sunday night, Comey's interview will prompt numerous Google searches about Comey, who served as the seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from September 4, 2013, until he was sacked on May 9, 2017.

Excerpts from Comey's book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership trickled out earlier this week and it doesn't paint a flattering portrait of Trump. Comey's current claims very well may have inherent news value for what they tell us about the current president's conduct - we can evaluate these claims against an existing set of known facts about that conduct - and there's no reason that critics of Comey's previous conduct toward Clinton are somehow disqualified from saying so.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders questioned Comey's credibility in a tweet, and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey took "unnecessary, immature pot shots".

Speaking with reporters at the White House, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey "seems like a disgruntled ex-employee; after all, he was sacked".

First Syria, now James Comey.

Comey also wrote that in a post-election briefing for senators, then-Sen.

Some in the White House believe the book gives them plenty of ammunition to attack Comey from another angle: as a sympathizer of former President Barack Obama.

Comey's book "A Higher Loyalty" details his conversations with the President, compares Trump to a "mob boss", and slams the "forest fire that is the Trump presidency", CNN reported.

"Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the awful job he did-until he was, in fact, fired", Trump tweeted of Comey.

Following several tantrums and attacks coinciding with the release of book excerpts, the president began his Sunday obsessively attacking Comey, the memoir, Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch. Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeatedly said Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state.

"Boy, were those words I needed to hear", he writes.

In a passage that has ruffled feathers in White House, Comey adds: "I paused and then made a decision to add something".

What struck him most, Comey told ABC, was that the conversation moved straight into a public relations mode, what they could say and how they would position Trump. McCabe has suggested that Comey authorized the leak - a claim disputed in the independent inspector general report, which says McCabe allegedly misled Comey about the disclosure.

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation director first informed the president-elect of the salacious, unsubstantiated charges in the Christopher Steele dossier, Trump "strongly denied the allegations, asking - rhetorically, I assumed - whether he seemed like a guy who needed the service of prostitutes".

Trump denied the allegations and said he might want the FBI to investigate allegations in the dossier to prove they were not true, Comey told ABC. "That she's going to be elected president, and if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out".