Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is slated to appear on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show on Friday night to rebut passages from former FBI Director James Comey’s explosive new book, a person familiar with the program schedule said.
The book, “A Higher Loyalty,”an advance copy of which was obtained by POLITICO, contains one scene with Spicer, in which Comey and three other intelligence chiefs traveled to Trump Tower in January 2017 to brief President-elect Donald Trump and his team on the intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 election.
Comey writes that Trump attended the meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, then-chief of staff Reince Priebus, Spicer and then-national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Comey details that after the briefing, the Trump team “had no questions about what the future Russian threat might be.”
“Nor did they ask how the United States might prepare itself to meet that threat,” he wrote. “Instead, with the four of us still in our seats — including two outgoing Obama appointees — the president-elect and his team shifted immediately into a strategy session about messaging on Russia. About how they could spin what we’d just told them. Speaking as if we weren’t there, Priebus began describing what a press statement about this meeting might look like. The Trump team — led by Priebus, with Pence, Spicer, and Trump jumping in — debated how to position these findings for maximum political advantage.”
Comey writes that the encounter made him uncomfortable and that he had “never seen Presidents Bush or Obama discuss communications and political strategy in front of intelligence community leaders. There has always been a line.”
Throughout the book, Comey compares Trump to a mob boss, and those around him as willing participants in pushing lies and demeaning U.S. institutions.
Trump has responded to the book with fury, tweeting that Comey is an “untruthful slimeball.” Hannity, one of Trump’s favorite television hosts, has regularly used his program to bash Comey and the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the election.