US President Donald Trump has attacked former FBI director James Comey over his “many lies”, suggesting he be jailed over his testimony to Congress.
“Why did he lie to Congress (jail),” Mr Trump stated, including: “How come he gave up classified information (jail).”
He additionally criticised Mr Comey’s drawing close memoir, announcing the “badly reviewed book” raises “big questions”.
His feedback come forward of an ABC News interview with Mr Comey to be aired on Sunday as phase of his e book excursion.
The e book – A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership – reportedly paints an unflattering portrait of Mr Trump, who fired Mr Comey final yr.
According to excerpts of the e book received by way of US media, 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”.
In the ABC News interview to be broadcast in complete afterward Sunday, Mr Comey discusses his dealing with of the FBI investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a non-public e mail server when she was once secretary of state underneath then-President Barack Obama.
He states that his assumption that Mrs Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election was once a think about opening the inquiry.
Mr Trump stated this resolution was once “stupid” in a sequence of tweets on Sunday through which he referred to Mr Comey as “slippery” and a “slimeball”.
He additionally stated that the previous FBI boss was once “not smart” and “will go down as the worst FBI director in history – by far!”, including that his e book was once “self-serving and FAKE!”.
The excerpts from Mr Comey’s memoir have infuriated the USA president, who insisted that he “never asked Comey for personal loyalty” and the he “hardly even knew this guy”.
Mr Trump’s allies have additionally fixed a web-based marketing campaign to discredit Mr Comey’s e book, with a website online that manufacturers the country’s former most sensible regulation enforcement professional as “Lyin’ Comey”.
However, preview gross sales of the e book have already made the memoir a bestseller on Amazon.