Donald Trump calls James Comey 'slippery' ahead of television interview, book release

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S.
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S.

16 April, 2018

"I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back".

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN he had "every confidence" in the accuracy of Comey's book.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump himself had a few unflattering remarks to make about Comey on Twitter.

Mr Ryan, asked whether Mr Comey was a man of integrity, said, "as far as I know" but added that he did not know him well. The following of the many lies.

Trump slammed Comey on Friday morning and called him a "proven LEAKER & LIAR" and a "weak and untruthful slime ball".

Trump's had a very bad week - his personally attorney's office and house was raided. And he's continued to have trouble finding a lawyer to take his case. "We've gotten a lot done together".

Trump fired off a series of tweets ahead of Comey's first interview on the book, which offers his version of the events surrounding his firing as FBI director by Trump and the investigations into Russian election meddling and Hillary Clinton's email practices. But, he acknowledged, "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".

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In his book, Comey expresses something similar, writing that it is "entirely possible" he was making the decision because he thought Clinton would win.

It seems many around the country are excited to dig into Comey's details about Trump in the book that have emerged over the last week, including revelations that Comey compares Trump to a "mafia boss" and referred to his presidency as a "forest fire". A trade war between the United States and China is still brewing, with American farmers anxious their livelihoods are at risk after China vowed to stamp tariffs on their products in retaliation for Trump's tariffs on aluminium and steel-and Trump reconsidering his rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to help them.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017 in an act that has been under scrutiny by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

"3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint", he wrote.

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.

Trump's tweets came just hours before Comey's first TV interview, with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, was set to air on Sunday evening. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said he considered calling for a special prosecutor to be brought in to oversee the probe but decided it would be "brutally unfair" to do that.

Mr Comey writes that he regrets his approach and some of the wording he used in his July 2016 press conference in which he announced the decision not to prosecute Mrs Clinton. "Was (Lynch) promised a Supreme Court seat, or AG, in order to lay off Hillary". The agency however closed the investigation in July 2016, and concluded that while Clinton was "extremely careless", it would not recommend filing any charges.

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