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WASH­ING­TON: Don­ald Trump launched into an­other Twit­ter tirade against James Comey on Sun­day, hours be­fore the broad­cast of an ex­tended in­ter­view with the fired for­mer FBI di­rec­tor about his in­ter­ac­tions with the US pres­i­dent.

Ex­cerpts of the in­ter­view with ABC News al­ready have been aired, as have re­views of Comey's new mem­oir "A Higher Loy­alty: Truth, Lies and Lead­er­ship," which likens Trump to a dis­hon­est, ego-driven mob boss who de­manded a pledge of loy­alty from his FBI chief.

The ex­cerpts sparked an­other fu­ri­ous round of tweets by Trump, call­ing Comey a "slime ball" and say­ing he "stupidly" han­dled a probe into Trump's 2016 elec­tion ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton.

"I never asked Comey for Per­sonal Loy­alty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just an­other of his many lies. His 'memos' are self serv­ing and FAKE!" said one tweet.

In an­other, the pres­i­dent un­der­took a mini-re­view of Comey's mem­oir: "The big ques­tions in Comey's badly re­viewed book aren't an­swered like, how come he gave up Clas­si­fied In­for­ma­tion (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn't they TAKE it), why the phony memos, Mccabe's 700,000 & more?" He said Comey threw for­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral Loretta Lynch "un­der the bus," an al­lu­sion to Comey's hav­ing crit­i­cized Lynch in the mem­oir for sug­gest­ing that he re­fer to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Clin­ton's use of a pri­vate email server while sec­re­tary of state as only a "mat­ter." "Was she promised a Supreme Court seat, or AG, in or­der to lay off Hil­lary," Trump asks in an­other Tweet.

Comey, who was fired by Trump last year, ac­knowl­edged in the in­ter­view that his be­lief that Clin­ton would be elected pres­i­dent "was a fac­tor" in his de­ci­sion to re­open the email probe 11 days be­fore the US elec­tion, a de­vel­op­ment that Clin­ton blames for her sur­prise de­feat.

"I don't re­mem­ber spell­ing it out, but it had to have been, that she's go­ing to be elected pres­i­dent and if I hide this from the Amer­i­can peo­ple, she'll be il­le­git­i­mate the mo­ment she's elected, the mo­ment this comes out," Comey said.

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."

"Un­be­liev­ably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hil­lary was lead­ing, were a fac­tor in the han­dling (stupidly) of the Clin­ton Email probe," Trump tweeted.

"In other words, he was mak­ing de­ci­sions based on the fact that he thought she was go­ing to win, and he wanted a job. Slime­ball!" he wrote.

Clin­ton has pre­vi­ously said she be­lieves Comey's an­nounce­ment played a part in her los­ing the pres­i­dency.

"Af­ter the Comey let­ter, my mo­men­tum was stopped," she told NPR in late 2017.

"My numbers dropped, and we were scram­bling to try to put it back to­gether, and we ran out of time."

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