White House Issues Blistering Attack On Comey's Anti-Trump Memoir

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Former FBI Director James Comey's forthcoming memoir depicts Donald Trump as a president "untethered to truth" and likened him to a mob boss.

During Friday's press briefing, Sanders was asked whether the president is anxious about what Comey will reveal in the book, and Sanders continued the recent trend at the White House of tearing down the ex-FBI director and bashing his credibility.

Trump led the charge himself on Friday, tweeting so far unsubstantiated claims that Comey "leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted", and that he "lied to Congress under OATH".

Sanders' comments are part of a concerted push by the White House and the Republican National Committee to discredit Comey ahead of his book's release.

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Later in the briefing, Sanders returned to the subject of Comey, offering several examples in which she said Comey lied, including details pertaining to the Clinton investigation, the Russian Federation probe and his leaking of memos describing his interactions with Trump. "And I think that's quite the problem". In responding to Comey, the White House is choosing not to engage on specific claims, which have been reviewed by lawyers for accuracy, instead launching a broadside effort to undermine Comey's credibility.

Asked to describe what the White House felt Comey was lying about, Sanders said he had given differing accounts for why he handled the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server the way he did and about whether he had felt pressure to end any probes. She also took issue with some of Comey's personal commentary in the book, saying it was "no way to comport oneself after you're trying to prove that you have this quote, 'higher loyalty'".

Comey acknowledged in congressional testimony past year that after he was sacked he helped leak his personal, but unclassified, memos of his conversations with Trump to a reporter.

Trump branded Comey weak, a "LEAKER & LIAR" and an untruthful "slime ball" in a two-part Twitter tirade, as the first reports of the ex-FBI boss' highly critical 300-plus-page book emerged. In his book, Comey wrote about Trump's concern over allegations about blackmail and prostitution contained in an opposition research dossier on Trump written by former British intelligence office Christopher Steele, which Comey said the President referred to as "the golden showers thing", reports CNN.

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In his book, Comey, who graduated high school in Allendale, says that he thought the former secretary of state would defeat Trump, and that hiding the email news would have made her presidency "illegitimate."

"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".

She accused Comey of leaking classified information and breaking his "sacred trust with the president of the United States, the dedicated agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the American people". He describes Trump as fixated in the early days of his administration on having the Federal Bureau of Investigation debunk salacious rumors he insisted were untrue but could distress his wife.

In the book, which is to be released Tuesday, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country "ego driven".

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