Comey takes a swipe at Trump in plug for new book

Comey takes a swipe at Trump in plug for new book

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria Thomson Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump hurled a new set of insults on James Comey on Sunday, challenging accusations the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director makes in a tell-all book that is due for release this week, and insisting that he never pressed Comey to be loyal to him.

Asked about Trump's use of the words last week "slime ball" to describe Comey, Ryan said, "I don't use words like that".

Mr Comey, who was appointed by Barack Obama in 2013, has kept quiet about his time under Mr Trump for almost a year, with the interview and book finally breaking his silence.

Besides taking a break to tweet on the US coalition air strike in Syria, saying his call back to a Bush-era phrase "mission accomplished" should be "brought back", the president disputed ever asking Comey for a loyalty pledge, despite Comey testifying before Congress that he did in fact ask for such an oath during a private dinner at the White House.

Mr Trump's morning tweet comes before Mr Comey's interview with ABC to be broadcast in full on Sunday evening. I hardly even knew this guy.

Trump also pushed back again against Comey's claims that Trump sought his loyalty, saying it was "Just another of his many lies".

On his memoirs, Mr Trump said they are "self serving and FAKE".

He calls Trump "untethered to the truth" is "ego-driven" and runs the White House like a "mob boss".

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Russian Federation has denied interfering in the election and Trump has denied any collusion or improper activity.

On Monday, federal investigators searched Cohen's NY residence, office, hotel room, safety deposit boxes and cellphones.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump a year ago, acknowledged in the ABC 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 United States election, a development that Clinton blames for her surprise defeat.

In the interview excerpt released Saturday, Comey said he did not remember "consciously thinking" about the election results as he made a decision to disclose that the FBI had reopened its investigation into candidate Clinton's email use, but he said "I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor".

He said: "I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor".

"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. Trump seized on that, saying Comey "was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job".

In another tweet he accused Comey of throwing former attorney general Loretta Lynch "under the bus", an allusion to Comey having criticized Lynch in the memoir for suggesting that he refer to the Clinton probe as only a "matter", rather than an investigation.

In the book, Comey offers a scathing review of Trump and his presidency.

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