Trump unloads on Comey ahead of ex-FBI director's interview
United States President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of rage against James Comey yesterday over his forthcoming memoir, calling him "slippery," suggesting he should be in jail and labelling him "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"
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. The interview will air Sunday night on ABC.
In an excerpt shown on Saturday, Comey said his belief that Clinton would beat Trump in the 2016 presidential election was a factor in his decision to disclose the investigation into her emails. Trump seized on that, saying Comey "was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!"
Comey's disclosure shortly before the election that the FBI had reopened its investigation into her email use enraged Democrats. After Clinton's loss, many Democrats blamed Comey, and Clinton herself has said it hurt her election prospects.
Trump yesterday pushed back again against Comey's claims that Trump sought his loyalty, saying it was, "Just another of his many lies." He questioned Comey's intelligence and place in history, writing, "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!"
He also suggested Comey should be imprisoned, saying, "How come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail)." There is no indication Comey is under investigation for doing either.
Asked if the president wanted the Justice Department to investigate Comey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday on ABC's 'This Week' that she was not aware of a specific request. But, she said, "If they feel there was any wrongdoing, they should certainly look into that just as they do on a number of other topics."