The president slammed Comey in two lengthy tweets Friday morning, calling him "a proven LEAKER & LIAR" and "a weak and untruthful slime ball". (This is in keeping with Trump's calls for Clinton's prosecution since the election.) Now, we all know Trump fired Comey out of rage over the Russian Federation probe.
Trump is reacting to Comey's new book, which compares the president to an unethical mob boss who demands loyalty and twists facts to serve his objective.
Trump, for his part, is said to be fuming about the book, and White House aides are angry over what they see as Comey's unnecessarily personal jabs at the president, the official said.
Instead of facing insistent questions about the "nice and new and 'smart!'" missiles Trump told Russian Federation, over Twitter, to be "ready" to face in Syria, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders got to grandstand a bit by relaying a list of damning criticisms of Comey from a host of Democrats.
"We find Mr. Comey has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntlement ex-employee", Conway told reporters outside the White House.
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Comey also wrote that in a post-election briefing for senators, then-Sen.
According to White House archives, Comey, now 57, graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1982.
In an interview broadcast on Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Comey discussed his initial encounters past year with Trump, who took office on January 20, 2017.
"The guy knew exactly what he was doing", White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" on Sunday.
She accused Comey of leaking classified information and breaking his "sacred trust with the president of the United States, the dedicated agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the American people".
In this relatively short book (due to be published April 17, although NPR obtained an advance copy), Comey presents Trump as a man who never laughs, a man who sizes up other people as assets or targets and - above all - a man who is "without respect for truth". While Comey does not outline the details of the information - and says he didn't see indications of 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. In his book, he ruminates on this decision, and on his October announcement of a partial and temporary reopening of the email investigation just before the election.
Third, Trump gets into his claim that there's a partisan conspiracy working against him - claiming former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is corrupt, and that this is all somehow actually Hillary Clinton's fault.
At that dinner, he told Comey, "I need loyalty". He paused. "That is what I want, honest loyalty", he said.
Comey testified before Congress Trump's quest for loyalty made him uncomfortable.
"I read in his posture and face a message that he would not be able to help me", Comey wrote.