- President Donald Trump launched into an angry tweetstorm on Sunday morning about former FBI Director James Comey and his upcoming memoir.
- Comey’s first interview, with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, is set to air Sunday evening.
- Trump called Comey a “slimeball” again and suggested he go to jail.
President Donald Trump fired off a series of angry tweets directed at the former FBI director Sunday morning, ahead of James Comey’s upcoming book tour.
Trump took aim at one excerpt from the memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” that has circulated in the media in recent days, in which Comey admitted it was “possible” his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails was swayed by polls that showed she was likely to win the 2016 presidential election.
Trump’s tweets came just hours before Comey’s first TV interview, with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, was set to air on Sunday evening.
“Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe,” Trump tweeted. “In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!”
He later added: “Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!”
Comey, however, described in his memoir that his concern lay not with keeping his job, but making Clinton appear to be an “illegitimate president” by not disclosing the fact that the FBI had restarted its investigation into her use of a private email server.
Here’s the excerpt:
“It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls. But I don’t know.”
But Trump continued the firestorm throughout Sunday morning, suggesting that Comey be jailed for his actions.
“The big question in Comey’s badly reviewed book aren’t answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?”
‘I hardly even knew the guy’
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Trump also brought up the now-infamous meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac at the height of the Clinton email probe.
The intense scrutiny over the meeting prompted Lynch to say she would accept whatever outcome Comey recommended as a result of the probe.
But Comey wrote in his book he found her position “very strange,” as she did not fully recuse herself.
“In effect, she was removing herself but not removing herself. Again, very strange,” Comey wrote. Trump seized on the excerpt on another tweet on Sunday.
“Comey throws AG Lynch “under the bus!” Why can’t we all find out what happened on the tarmac in the back of the plane with Wild Bill and Lynch?” Trump tweeted. “Was she promised a Supreme Court seat, or AG, in order to lay off Hillary. No golf and grandkids talk (give us all a break)!”
Trump also denied Comey’s repeated claims – both in his book and during his congressional testimony under oath last year – that Trump asked him to pledge him his loyalty.
“I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies. His “memos” are self serving and FAKE!” Trump tweeted.