LOS ANGELES (CBS News) — President Trump fired off a fresh barrage of tweets against former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday, continuing his assault on the man he fired ahead of the release of Comey’s explosive new memoir. Mr. Trump’s early-morning missives slammed the ex-director as a “slimeball,” while simultaneously casting Comey as someone he “hardly knew.”
The Twitter spat comes as an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos is set to air on Sunday night, in which Comey will discuss details from his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” which goes on sale Tuesday.
In a clip from the ABC interview released on Saturday, Comey said his belief that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election was a factor in his decision to disclose the investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
Mr. Trump responded on Sunday, criticizing the admission and calling Comey a “slimeball!”
The president followed that up with criticism of the director’s book, calling it “badly reviewed” and rattling off a litany of his long-standing critiques of the FBI and Justice Department:
Later, Mr. Trump claimed Comey throws former Attorney General Loretta Lynch “under the bus” in his new book. The president suggested that Lynch’s 2016 conversation on a Phoenix airport tarmac with former President Bill Clinton revolved around a promised seat on the Supreme Court in exchange for backing off on any potential charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private server. (Lynch and the former president have both vehemently denied anything improper was discussed at the meeting.)
“No golf and grandkids talk (give us all a break)!” Mr. Trump added, in a jab at Lynch and Clinton’s claims that Clinton saw the attorney general on the tarmac and boarded her plane to say hello.
Besides taking a break to tweet on the U.S. 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 delivered a final jab at Comey, criticizing his intelligence and saying he will “go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far.”