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James Comey: Republican website trashes 'lyin' FBI memoir

BBC     13th April, 2018 02:36:50 printer

James Comey: Republican website trashes 'lyin' FBI memoir

 

US President Donald Trump's allies are mounting an online campaign to discredit a forthcoming memoir by former FBI director James Comey.

 

Mr Comey will next week release a book that is expected to paint an unflattering portrait of Mr Trump, who fired him last year.

 

Republicans have launched a website to brand the nation's former top law enforcement official as "Lyin' Comey".

 

In an interview, Mr Comey likens Mr Trump to a "mob boss".

 

What does Mr Comey say?

 

According to excerpts of the book obtained by the Washington Post, Mr Comey writes that interactions with Mr Trump gave him "flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob. The silent circle of assent.

The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organisation above morality and above the truth".

 

The result was "the forest fire that is the Trump presidency", he says.

 

An interview with ABC News will be aired on Sunday, kicking off the book tour.

 

According to excerpts of the book obtained by the Washington Post, Mr Comey writes that interactions with Mr Trump gave him "flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob.

 

The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview.

 

 

The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organisation above morality and above the truth".

 

The result was "the forest fire that is the Trump presidency", he says.

 

The website lyincomey.com, set up by the Republican National Committee, emphasises how Democrats pilloried the former FBI director's handling of an inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails.

 

"Comey not credible, just ask Democrats," one video advert says, before showing clips of Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer criticising him.

 

"All I can tell you is the FBI Director has no credibility," California Democrat Maxine Waters is shown saying.

 

To promote the book, Mr Comey plans a series of media interviews, and a CNN town hall address later this month.

 

"Comey is a liar and a leaker and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing," Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to CNN.

 

Why was Mr Comey fired?

 

The firing of the FBI director, who was investigating suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 election, stunned Washington.

 

The Department of Justice appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to take over the inquiry.

 

Mr Trump said he fired Mr Comey - who was less than halfway into his 10-year term - due to incompetence.

 

But the president later added the "Russia thing" was on his mind when he made the decision.


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