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Trump bashes Comey as ‘slippery’ ahead of book release

A copy of former FBI director James Comey's book "A Higher Loyalty" is seen in New York City

A copy of former FBI director James Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty” is seen in New York City, New York, U.S. April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Soren Larson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump hurled a new set of insults at James Comey on Sunday, challenging accusations the former FBI director makes in a tell-all book that is due for release this week, and insisting that he never pressed Comey to be loyal to him.

“Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Trump wrote early on Sunday in one of five Twitter posts aimed directly at Comey.

Later in the day, Comey wrote on Twitter that his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” is about “ethical leadership.”

“3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint. I hope folks read the whole thing and find it useful,” Comey said, without detailing which president would serve as the “counterpoint.”

ABC News was set to air an interview with Comey at 10 p.m. on Sunday (0200 GMT on Monday) in which he discusses his book.

Trump fired Comey last May, setting off a firestorm, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation was probing possible connections between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia’s meddling in the American elections.

Russia has denied interfering in the election and Trump has denied any collusion or improper activity.

Reuters and other news outlets have obtained copies of Comey’s book before its formal release this week. In it, Comey wrote that Trump, in a private meeting, pressed the then-FBI director for his loyalty.

The FBI has long tried to operate as an independent law enforcement agency.

“I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies. His “memos” are self serving and FAKE!” Trump said on Twitter.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” expressed qualified support for Comey. Asked whether Comey was a man of integrity, the Republican speaker said: “As far as I know,” but added that he did not know him well.

Asked about Trump’s use last week of the words “slime ball” to describe Comey, Ryan said: “I don’t use words like that.”

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(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Additional reporting by Amanda Becker; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Peter Cooney)

 

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2 replies »

  1. This expatriate writer, Dr. Sabri g. Bebawi, has always said that Trump was a gangster and a mafia boss. What Comey wrote is not news to any intelligent mind in the world. Trump is a slime ball who believes he is above the law, can buy the White House, the Justice Department, and the Supreme Court. Donald, get a life and go grab a pussy of an Arab Prince or something

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  2. This expatriatriate writer, Dr. Sabri g. Bebawi, has written to (BOTUS) Bastard of the United States many times asking if a president can be impeached for being a gangster and disrespecting Americans, Checks and Balances, and the Rule of Law, and I never got an answer. Can you help? I want to know what this mentally challenged Mafia Boss thinks.

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