Comey takes a swipe at Trump in plug for new book

Former FBI director James Comey had a lot to say about President Trump in an ABC News interview that aired on Sunday

Former FBI director James Comey had a lot to say about President Trump in an ABC News interview that aired on Sunday

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to unload on James Comey over his forthcoming memoir, calling him "slippery", suggesting he should be in jail and labeling him "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"

He rebuked Comey's claim that he asked for personal loyalty and declared that his "memos" are "self-serving and FAKE!"

James Comey is breaking his long silence and describing his interactions with President Donald Trump before he was abruptly fired previous year. Just another of his many lies.

In his tweets Sunday, Trump said "big questions" aren't answered in Comey's book, and repeats accusations about the FBI's impartiality under Comey.

While Mr Comey does not outline the details of the information - and says he didn't see indications of Ms Lynch inappropriately influencing the investigation - he says it anxious him that the material could be used to attack the integrity of the probe and the FBI's independence.

Asked if the president wanted the Justice Department to investigate Comey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that she was not aware of a specific request.

While criticism from President Donald Trump isn't new to Comey, the president used new descriptors for him after the first clip of Comey's exclusive interview with ABC News' chief anchor George Stephanopoulos was released Friday morning.

Besides taking a break to tweet on the US coalition air strike in Syria, saying his call back to a Bush-era phrase "mission accomplished" should be "brought back", the president disputed ever asking Comey for a loyalty pledge, despite Comey testifying before Congress that he did in fact ask for such an oath during a private dinner at the White House.

The President has been highly critical, and public with his criticism, of Mr Comey since firing him in May a year ago over his handling of the FBI investigation into Mrs Clinton's emails and the inquiry into Russian interference in the election.

The president also seemed to be responding to the FBI raid on and court-authorized search of the office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who authorities said has been under criminal investigation for months.

Mr Mueller's probe has expanded to include whether Mr Trump obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey, something the President denies. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's tell-all memoir is slated for release Tuesday and claims the president urged him to disprove salacious parts of the notorious Steele Dossier. Mr. Trump added, in a jab at Lynch and Clinton's claims that Clinton saw the attorney general on the tarmac and boarded her plane to say hello. Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politicizing the investigation.

Mr Comey also reveals new details about his interactions with Mr Trump and his own decision-making in handling the Hillary Clinton email investigation before the 2016 election.

He said: "I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor". "I'm about to meet with a person who doesn't know me, who has just been elected the president of the United States. and I'm about to talk to him about allegations that he was involved with prostitutes in Moscow and that the Russians taped it and have leverage over him".

The Republican National Committee has helped with the pushback effort against Comey for his book by launching a website and supplying surrogates with talking points that question his credibility.

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