The identical day that the fired FBI Director James Comey was set to look in a long-awaited TV interview, he engaged in a back-and-forth slugfest with President Trump Sunday on Twitter.
Plugging his new ebook, “A Larger Loyalty,” Comey appeared to take a thinly veiled shot at Trump. “My ebook is about moral management & attracts on tales from my life & classes I discovered from others. three presidents are in my ebook: 2 assist illustrate the values on the coronary heart of moral management; 1 serves as a counterpoint,” he tweeted. Comey’s ABC Information interview airs Sunday evening.
Comey didn’t title the three presidents. He served as assistant U.S. legal professional for the Japanese District of Virginia beginning in 1996 — whereas Invoice Clinton was president — earlier than taking up as U.S. Legal professional for the Southern District of New York in 2002, through the administration of President George W. Bush. In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Comey FBI director.
Excerpts from Comey’s new ebook confirmed how he appeared to drag no punches with Trump. The 6-foot-Eight Comey described Trump as shorter than he anticipated with a “too lengthy” tie and “brilliant white half-moons” below his eyes that he prompt got here from tanning goggles, The Related Press reported. Comey reportedly additionally wrote that he made a acutely aware effort to verify the president’s hand dimension, saying it was “smaller than mine, however didn’t appear unusually so.”
Earlier Sunday, Trump referred to as Comey the FBI’s worst chief “in historical past” and a “slimeball,” in a string of tweets.
“Slippery James Comey, a person who all the time finally ends up badly and out of whack (he’s not good!), will go down because the WORST FBI Director in historical past, by far!” Trump wrote.
He additionally tweeted that Comey’s mishandling of the Clinton e-mail probe confirmed he deserved “jail” time.
“Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, the place Crooked Hillary was main, had been an element within the dealing with (stupidly) of the Clinton E mail probe,” Trump tweeted. “In different phrases, he was making choices primarily based on the truth that he thought she was going to win, and he wished a job. Slimeball!”
Comey, whom Trump fired in Could 2017, wrote in his upcoming ebook that his choices about restarting the federal probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of personal e-mail servers whereas secretary of state was influenced by her seemingly successful the 2016 White Home race over Trump and that he was involved about making her a “reliable candidate.”
Trump tweeted 5 occasions Sunday on the problems.
“The large questions in Comey’s badly reviewed ebook aren’t answered like, how come he gave up Categorised Data (jail), why did he deceive Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to offer Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos … ,” Trump additionally tweeted.
Trump has stated he fired Comey due to his dealing with of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s e-mail practices. Trump used the investigation as a cudgel within the marketing campaign and repeatedly stated Clinton needs to be jailed for utilizing a private e-mail system whereas serving as secretary of state.
Democrats, then again, have accused Comey of politicizing the investigation, and Clinton herself has stated it damage her election prospects.
“I by no means requested Comey for Private Loyalty,” tweeted Trump, who purportedly requested Comey for a loyalty pledge. “I hardly even knew this man. Simply one other of his many lies. His “memos” are self serving and FAKE!”
Comey, who was appointed in 2013 by then-President Barack Obama, wrote that he regretted his strategy and among the wording he utilized in his July 2016 press convention through which he introduced the choice to not suggest costs be introduced in opposition to Clinton. However he stated he believed he did the proper factor by going earlier than the cameras and making his assertion, noting that the Justice Division had performed so in different high-profile instances.
Within the ebook, which hits retailer cabinets April 17, Comey additionally revealed new particulars about how the federal government had unverified labeled info that he believes might have been used to solid doubt on Legal professional Common Loretta Lynch’s independence within the Clinton probe.
Whereas Comey didn’t define the small print of the data — and claimed he did not see indications of Lynch inappropriately influencing the investigation — he stated it fearful him that the fabric might be used to assault the integrity of the probe and the FBI’s independence.
“Comey throws AG Lynch ‘below the bus!’ Why can’t all of us discover out what occurred on the tarmac at the back of the aircraft with Wild Invoice and Lynch?” Trump wrote in one other tweet Sunday, referring to former President Invoice Clinton going uninvited onto Lynch’s aircraft in Arizona and speaking to her amid the investigations. “Was (Lynch) promised a Supreme Court docket seat, or AG, with a view to lay off Hillary. No golf and grandkids speak (give us all a break)!”
Fox Information’ Mike Arroyo and The Related Press contributed to this report.