President Trump again calls James Comey a 'slimeball' ahead of new book

Ceria Alfonso
Abril 16, 2018

James Comey's new tell-all isn't officially out yet, but it's already infuriated President Donald Trump, who has called Comey an "untruthful slime ball", and declared that he considered it an honour to fire the FBI director.

Former FBI Director James Comey has been quiet since he was abruptly fired last year, but he ended his silence during an interview with ABC on Sunday night.

Comey, who ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation for almost four years, portrays the president in the book as a liar, dumb and rude, and he compares elements of Trump's behavior to that of a Mafia boss.

He gave similar details in leaked memos following his sacking, including Mr Trump's alleged demand for Mr Comey to pledge his personal loyalty, and in congressional testimony.

Comey has indeed faced criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike - and the release of his book gives him a high-profile platform to defend himself. "Maybe it was a contrarian streak or maybe it was something more complicated that explained his constant equivocation and apologies for Vladimir Putin".

"Our President must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country", Comey told Stephanopoulos, adding, "the most important being truth".

The insult slinging has officially begun, and neither Trump nor Comey minced their words. It's lead headline is "PEE BRAIN!" - a reference to unconfirmed allegations in the dossier that Trump had watched prostitutes urinate on themselves in a Moscow hotel suite.

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.

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Trump on Sunday pushed back again against Comey's claims that Trump sought his loyalty, saying, "I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies", Trump tweeted. And Bill, obviously, risked his presidency for a dalliance with an intern. But instead of taking in the ramifications on the fate of the country, Trump's team immediately tried spinning it from a PR perspective.

The president said Comey "stupidly" handled a probe into Trump's 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton and how she used a private email server during her time as secretary of state. "(Obama) looked directly at me", Comey recalled, according to The Washington Post.

Comey's new book is set to be released on Tuesday.

In the book, Comey also writes of some of Trump's physical attributes in an unflattering way. "I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia", Comey said of Trump. I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible, ' Comey replied.

"I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", he said.

However, that Mr Comey considers it's even possible, is itself pretty remarkable.

Mr Mueller's probe has expanded to include whether Mr Trump obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey.

In a separate interview with USA Today, Comey - in a reference to salacious allegations contained in an unverified dossier created by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele - said it is difficult "to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open" to the possibility that such compromising information exists. Hours before it aired a vitriolic Twitter outburst from the president labeled Comey "slippery", suggested he should be in jail and branded him the "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!" I cannot say that (Trump is not subject to Russian blackmail).

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