Comey compares Trump to mob boss, Trump cries "slime ball"

Carla Harmon
April 16, 2018

"Comey comes along and says, 'This reminds me of prosecuting the mob and essentially a mob boss that I'm having to deal with'".

"There was nothing she said that [FBI investigators] believed we could prove was false", he said. "His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!" he said.

Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, asked Ryan during the interview taped Friday whether he agreed with Trump's description of Comey as a "slimeball" - a term Trump used Sunday and on April 13 to describe Comey.

In a clip from the ABC interview released on Saturday, Comey said his belief that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election was a factor in his decision to disclose the investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Comey says he was just as surprised as everyone else that he was sacked in the middle of an important ongoing investigation: "I thought it's insane to fire me".

There was no reaction from Trump after the interview but his pre-emptive tweets made clear his reaction to Comey's book.

Trump's response was characteristically self-serving, asking Comey if he looked like someone who would "need hookers".

The Republican National Committee has helped with the pushback effort against Comey for his book by launching a website and supplying surrogates with talking points that question his credibility.

According to those reports, Comey writes that Trump is "unethical and untethered to the truth" and compares his presidency to a "forest fire".

"If I ever start considering whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision, we're done", Mr. Comey said of the F.B.I.

When Stephanopoulos asked Comey what the remedy should be if Mueller finds evidence of obstruction of justice, Comey again declined to give a direct answer.

His comments echoed a quote from his memoir, in which he said it was "entirely possible" his concern over Clinton's legitimacy "bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls". And the book promises to be a damning look at the Trump White House from the perspective of a man who was sacked by the 45th president.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is defending her actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation following criticism from Comey.

He said Mr Comey was lying and is not smart.

Asked if the president wanted the Justice Department to investigate Mr Comey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was not aware of a specific request.

Comey said this on Sunday, April 15, in an interview he granted ABC's 20/20 programme, his first television interview since he was sacked in 2017, Aljazeera reports.

The president also seemed to be responding to the FBI raid on and court-authorized search of the office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who authorities said has been under criminal investigation for months. Instead, he writes, they launched into a strategy session about how to "spin what we'd just told them" for the public. The polls swung considerably against Hillary Clinton after Comey's October 28 announcement, and didn't recover when he declared two days before the election that the investigation hadn't actually turned up anything incriminating about her. "I couldn't believe what she did to try and spare other mothers that pain, and it shaped me as a leader".

Trump shot back angrily on Twitter.

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