President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of rage against James Comey on Sunday over the former FBI director’s forthcoming book, calling him “slippery”, insisting he never asked him for loyalty and labelling him “the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!”
Trump said in another tweet Sunday, referring to former President Bill Clinton going uninvited onto Lynch’s plane in Arizona and talking to her amid the investigations.
“And I have every confidence that Jim Comey accurately copied, collected, recounted what exactly went on during those discussions”, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said. Comey’s book is already at number 11 on Amazon’s bestsellers of 2018 – Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, another Trump presidency-focused book, is now at number one.
Comey told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview with 20/20to be aired Sunday evening that his decision to publicly announce the FBI had reopened its investigation into Clinton’s emails just days before the election was likely influenced by the fact that he thought she would win.
The insult slinging has officially begun, and neither Trump nor Comey minced their words.
Instead of the Comey memoir, Trump and Sanders should be more concerned at the proverbial “book” of offenses the Federal Bureau of Investigation has on his attorney/fixer, Michael Cohen, that prosecutors may throw at him. “I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back”.
– During the Trump Tower briefing, Comey writes, he asked to talk privately to the president-elect about the allegations that Trump had been with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel in 2013.
Trump on April 13 tweeted, “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR”. Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty”, is set for publication Tuesday and has already soared to near the top of best-seller lists because of pre-sales. His firing led to the Justice Department appointing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to take over the Russian Federation investigation.
“Why did he lie to Congress (jail)”, Mr Trump said, adding: “How come he gave up classified information (jail)”.
“I don’t think it’s necessary, ” he said.
“One of the few areas of true bipartisan consensus in Washington is Comey has no credibility”, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wrote in a tweet accompanied by a video of Democrats slamming Comey.
Given all this, it is mildly surprising that Comey’s tell-all book withholds judgment on Trump’s early presidency as a question of law.
Clinton has blamed Comey for her loss.
“He then returned to the issue of loyalty, saying again, “I need loyalty.’ I paused, again. These rules and standards were hallmarks of the Mafia, but throughout my career I’d be surprised how often I’d find them applied outside of it”, Comey writes”.
In March 2017, Comey confirmed the FBI was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.