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Here's what we learned about Trump from passages of Comey's new book

Here's what we learned about Trump from passages of Comey's new book

In a new Twitter storm, US President Donald Trump today lashed out at former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who he had fired a year ago citing his inability to lead Americas top law enforcement agency.

Excerpts from Comey's book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership trickled out earlier this week and it doesn't paint a flattering portrait of Trump.

Comey's book "A Higher Loyalty", of copy of which CNN obtained, details his conversations with the President, compares Trump to a mob boss, and slams the "forest fire that is the Trump presidency".

The publication of the book has expected to bring fresh turmoil to the White House and can add to the troubles of Trump.

Comey describes the president's many attempts at explaining away the dossier that alleges that Russians filmed Trump in 2013 interacting with prostitutes in Moscow. She subsequently lost key states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and MI by such slim margins that the blame can easily be laid at Comey's feet.

Comey's portrait is one of a megalomaniacal narcissist, someone drastically unfit for office and, as he writes in the book's final pages, someone who's a serious danger to the country.

"I was sacked, effective immediately, by the president who had repeatedly praised me and asked me to stay..."

In true Trump fashion, the president punched back hard on Twitter unleashing a rare double tweet.calling Comey "a weak and untruthful slime ball".




We should of course reserve judgment about the second point until we hear what Comey has to say. Given all the slander coming from the President and his allies, it is easy to forget that Hillary Clinton was actually the candidate harmed most by Comey in the election, not Trump.

Former FBI Director James Comey - in a seemingly transparent effort to rehab his battered image - claims in his new tell-all that President Barack Obama and other top Democrats absolved him of any blame after Hillary Clinton's shocking election loss. “And I remember thinking, ‘How could your wife think theres a 1 percent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?

Like bullying. This is a media-about-media-about-media moment, so part of today's entertainment is watching how various news organizations are serving up reports of the Comey memoir in ways they think will resonate with their readers.

Comey might be better seen in the light of Washington Under Trump, where other top officials expected to fade into the background have instead become powerfully vocal anti-Trump forces: Clapper (a Comey pal) and former Central Intelligence Agency directors Michael Hayden and John Brennan. Comey also has drawn fire from the left for his treatment of the Hillary Clinton pre-election email scandal, so it will be interesting to see how his book is received by Democrats.

At that dinner, he told Comey, "I need loyalty".

Asked how freakish that meeting with Trump was, Comey said: "Very weird".

In a passage that has ruffled feathers in White House, Comey adds: "I paused and then made a decision to add something". Yes, the reader might concur, especially if the writer quotes theologians like Reinhold Niebuhr as often as Comey does.

New Jersey's NJ.com, for instance, goes with this headline: "Comey: Getting wedgies as a kid in N.J. prepared me for Trump".


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