Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Donald Trump attacks James Comey's Federal Bureau of Investigation memoir of 'lies'

Donald Trump attacks James Comey's Federal Bureau of Investigation memoir of 'lies'

"I don't really know the guy".

Some have compared this book to the previous release of the Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury", [VIDEO] but as Wolff has always been known to play loose with facts, the Comey book is certain to carry more weight.

He admits that he did it in part to dispel rumors, including within the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that he was suppressing new evidence.

"James Comey, a man of integrity?"

Before Trump and Comey met alone, USA intelligence chiefs briefed Trump and his advisers on Russia's election meddling. "Really weird. It was nearly an out of body experience for me".

In the book, which is available April 17, Comey also reveals new details about how the government had unverified classified information that he believes could have been used to cast doubt on Attorney General Loretta Lynch's independence in the Clinton probe.

The allegation in Trump's tweets about Comey leaking classified information appears to be a reference to Comey passing along to a friend a memo about his interactions after Trump fired him.

Members of the Trump administration are also firing back against Comey's book.

The excerpts from Mr Comey's memoir have infuriated the U.S. president, who insisted that he "never asked Comey for personal loyalty" and the he "hardly even knew this guy". In two angry tweets Friday morning, Trump called Comey a "proven LEAKER & LIAR" and a "weak and untruthful slime ball".

The interviews are Comey's first public comments since he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last June, when he accused Trump of firing him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. "It was my great honour to fire James Comey!".

Mueller, however, has re-emerged at the center of the Trump legal drama - the special counsel named by the Justice Department to continue the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election begun under Comey. "I'm just trying to do the right thing.'" And Obama replied: "I know". He said he didn't want to work for dishonourable people who would treat someone like me in such a manner.

The book also includes strikingly personal jabs at Trump that appear created to irritate the president.

The battle plan against Comey, obtained by CNN, calls for branding the nation's former top law enforcement official as "Lyin' Comey" through a website, digital advertising and talking points to be sent to Republicans across the country before his memoir is released next week.

As Trump and Comey prepare to go at each other in coming, public opinion seems more with the ex-FBI director.

"We find that Mr. Comey has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntled ex-employee, afterall he was sacked", Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway added.

"Boy, were those words I needed to hear", Comey writes. I want you to know that nothing - nothing - has happened in the a year ago to change my view.' On the verge of tears, Comey told Obama, 'Boy, were those words I needed to hear.

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