Trump calls Comey 'Slippery' in Twitter attack, ahead of interview, book release

Trump again calls Comey a 'slimeball' ahead of book release

Trump again calls Comey a 'slimeball' ahead of book release

Over the course of a series of tweets sent on Sunday, President Donald Trump attacked James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired, as a liar and a "slimeball".

"But instead, what I'm talking about is that leadership culture constantly comes back to me when I think about my experience with the Trump administration", Comey said about comparing Trump to a mob boss.

Trump fired Comey past year amid the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In a long discussion (portions of which appeared on Sunday on ABC) with former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos, Mr. Comey continued to defend his 2016 decisions to abandon longstanding Justice Department policies in the investigation of Hillary Clinton.

He went even further while promoting the book in an ABC interview with anchor George Stephanopoulos.

The interview with Comey and the publicity tour for his book, which is scheduled to hit bookstores on Tuesday, amount to a remarkable public assault on a sitting President by someone who served at the highest levels in the government.

Trump has denied he asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.Trump has also used Twitter to call Comey a liar and called for his imprisonment.

Trump has lashed out as Comey repeatedly as a "leaker" for providing unclassified memos to an intermediary to give to The New York Times. Nancy Pelosi suggested that Comey was "not in the right job;' Bernie Sanders said, "It would not be a bad thing for the American people if [Comey] did step down;' Chuck Schumer said, 'I do not have confidence in [Comey] any longer;' Maxine Waters said, Comey 'has no credibility" and deserved to be fired". They came out big for Donald Trump in 2016, but may not be there for the Republicans in 2020 - precisely because of questions about the president's character - questions that were reinforced in tonight's interview with James Comey.

When asked about Trump's relationship with Putin, Comey said he was concerned with Trump because "he won't criticize Vladimir Putin even in private".

Comey says Trump seemed fixated on an allegation made in a dossier compiled by a former British spy - and funded by Trump's political opponents - involving Russian prostitutes urinating on a bed in a Moscow hotel. Those events have been well documented by Comey and the news media, but that doesn't mean the book won't make news.

In a sense, Trump is falling into Comey's trap by helping him to sell his book - just as he previously did with Michael Wolff when he unloaded fire and fury on his book, "Fire and Fury". In fact, Comey did as much as anyone to get Trump elected with three ethically dubious decisions: He publicly lambasted Hillary Clinton for her handling of her emails, despite his decision not to recommend criminal prosecution. But he told ABC News that he believes there's evidence that the president obstructed justice and says he can't rule out that the Russians have compromising information on Trump. The former are vital to the Russian Federation investigation and the questions it raises, including whether Trump obstructed justice.

On Sunday, Trump rejected Comey's claim that he had sought Comey's loyalty. "I suspect his apparent inability to do so is roouted in deep insecurity, his inability to be vulnerable or to risk himself by appreciating the humor of others, which, on reflection, is really very sad in a leader, and a little scary in a president". There's no way I would let people pee on each other around me. Comey answered that Trump was morally unfit to hold the office.

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