Trump tweeted Monday morning, a day after Comey appeared on ABC's 20/20 with a litany of accusations against the president.
Just a few hours before James Comey's first television appearance ahead of his new book's release, President Trump published a string of tweets calling Comey a "slimeball" and saying the notes the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director says he took were "fake". "That's up from 41 percent last June following Comey's admission under oath to a US Senate committee that he leaked memos of his private meetings with [President Donald] Trump as Federal Bureau of Investigation director to The New York Times through a friend", a press release summarizing the poll said.
The White House and Republican Party have launched an effort to discredit Comey as outlets, including NPR, began reporting on the book's contents last week.
In the book, Comey described Trump's presidency as a "forest fire" that threatens to undermine the nation's values and norms.
He says there's "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", though he notes that he's just a witness in the case and not an investigator or prosecutor. The president has called him a "liar and a leaker".
Trump attempted on Monday to discredit Comey by aligning him with his ongoing narrative of attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation for having - as he perceives it - a bias against him.
Trump also reacted to a teaser clip ABC released about Sunday night's Comey interview.
Trump on Monday again alleged that while Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey prematurely decided he would not recommend his Justice Department bosses prosecute Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. He said, like others, he expected Clinton would win throughout the general election, saying he was seeing the same polling data that led many political experts to predict she would be the 45th president.
In his tweet, Trump says: "Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the 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 wrote, then again calling his foe the same name he did on Friday: "Slimeball!" If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
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