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Trump slams ex-FBI Dir. Comey as ‘untruthful slime ball’ and ‘LEAKER & LIAR’ in new tweets

President Donald J. Trump (Joyce N. Boghosian/White House)
April 13, 2018

President Trump on Friday slammed former FBI director James Comey in a pair of tweets, as excerpts of Comey’s new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” made their way around the internet ahead of the book’s release next week.

“James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR,” Trump tweeted. “Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did – until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under oath.”

“He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI,” Trump continued. “His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst ‘botch jobs’ of history.”

“It was my great honor to fire James Comey,” Trump added.

Trump fired Comey back in May 2017.

Comey’s book is reportedly a tell-all about his time served in the Trump Administration.

After Comey was fired on May 9, and after seeing a subsequent tweet from Trump where the President threatened there may be “tapes” of their conversations, Comey asked a “close friend” to leak a memo detailing one of his and the President’s conversations to the media.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press,” Trump exclaimed in a tweet on May 12. President Trump then in June said he did not make any tapes, nor does he have any tapes, of his conversations with the former FBI director whom he fired.

The memo reportedly revealed Trump asking Comey to stop investigating then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn amid controversy that Flynn could be subject to Russian blackmail for speaking with officials before the President was sworn into office.

“I hope you can let this go,” President Trump told Comey in the memo, the New York Times reported last May.

Those who have read the memo said it details Comey’s conversation with the President “immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after [Flynn] resigned,” the Times reported. “It was part of a paper trail [Comey] created documenting what he perceived as the President’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An [FBI] agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.”

ABC News reported that multiple sources who have worked closely with Comey “say he is known for his contemporaneous and thorough note-taking.” This includes a source or sources at the U.S. Justice Department.

During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in early June, Comey said he asked Columbia law professor Daniel Richman to leak the memo with the hope it would trigger a special counsel appointment to the probe into Russia and its alleged meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.

The next day, Robert Mueller was named as Special Prosecutor.

Richman confirmed to the Huffington Post that he was the “close friend” who leaked the memo.