President Donald Trump called the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation an “untruthful slimeball” Friday.
James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2018
Responding to former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming book, "A Higher Loyalty," which includes detailed accounts of his interactions with Trump before the president fired him last year, he claimed on Twitter that Comey is “a proven LEAKER & LIAR.”
Comey has not been proven or formally accused of leaking classified information or lying under oath.
....untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2018
“It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” Trump wrote.
Comey has admitted that he shared a memo about one of his conversations with Trump with a friend, who passed the information on to a New York Times reporter. He denies that the document contained classified or privileged information.
The book is set for release next Tuesday. In excerpts released this week, Comey compares President Trump to a mob boss and describes him as an unethical liar.
Attempting to push back, the Republican National Committee has launched a website branding the former top law enforcement official “Lyin’ Comey.”
Trump and the GOP also cite criticism leveled at Comey last fall by Democrats after he revealed that the FBI had reopened its investigation of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton less than two weeks before the election. Clinton and others have alleged that his actions may have cost her the election.
In the book, Comey attempts to explain his rationale by saying he believed Clinton was sure to win and he feared that the information coming out after the election would delegitimize her victory. He does not know if he would have acted differently if polls suggested a closer race at the time.
Comey has scheduled several media interviews in the coming weeks to promote the book. Parts of the first one aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Friday. In it, the former FBI director recalls briefing Trump about a dossier of unverified intelligence collected by former British spy Christopher Steele alleging ties between him and the Russian government.
Steele was working for a research firm being paid by a law firm that worked for Clinton's campaign. Republicans have dismissed his work as political opposition research and questioned why Comey briefed the president about it at all.
In particular, Trump allegedly asked several questions about a salacious encounter with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room that he denied occurred and wanted Comey to prove never happened.
“I honestly never thought this words would come out of my mouth, but I don't know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013,” Comey told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “It's possible, but I don't know.”