Trump calls ‘slime­ball’ Comey ‘worst FBI di­rec­tor in his­tory’

USA TODAY International Edition - - NEWS - John Ba­con

Pres­i­dent Trump stepped up his un­re­lent­ing Twit­ter rant at former FBI di­rec­tor James Comey on Sun­day, ac­cus­ing him of “many lies” and dis­miss­ing the one-time fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor as the “WORST FBI di­rec­tor in his­tory, by far!”

The at­tacks come hours be­fore Comey’s in­ter­view with ABC’s Ge­orge Stephanopou­los was sched­uled to air Sun­day night. The net­work has been pro­mot­ing the in­ter­view with bits of in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing Stephanopou­los re­veal­ing that Comey com­pares Trump to a “mob boss.”

Comey is pro­mot­ing his new book to be re­leased this week, Higher Loy­alty: Truth, Lies and Lead­er­ship.

“I never asked Comey for Per­sonal Loy­alty,” Trump tweeted. “I hardly even knew this guy. Just an­other of his many lies. His ‘memos’ are self serv­ing and FAKE!”

Trump ripped Comey for ac­knowl­edg­ing Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton’s lead in the polls was a fac­tor in how he han­dled the controversial Clin­ton email probe.

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

Trump abruptly fired Comey in May, and Trump’s tweet sum­ma­riz­ing his over­all per­spec­tive on Comey comes as no sur­prise: “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!”

The at­tack was es­sen­tially a con­tin­u­a­tion of Trump’s tweets Fri­day, when he called Comey “a proven LEAKER & LIAR” and an “un­truth­ful slime ball.”

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