President Donald Trump slammed James Comey on Sunday, repeatedly describing the actions of the former FBI director as worthy of "jail" time.
"The big questions in Comey’s badly reviewed book aren’t answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?," Trump wrote on Twitter.
As Comey kicks off his media tour for his soon-to-be released memoir, "A Higher Loyalty" with a prime time interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, the president and allies have sought to undermine the former director's credibility. According to excerpts of the book, Comey describes Trump as someone with the ethics akin to a mob boss who is "untethered to truth."
The president's Sunday message rehashed a number of controversies he and other conservatives have seized on when talking about Comey's tenure at the agency. Those episodes include: whether part of Comey's testimony in front of senators last summer amounts to lying under oath, the lack of cooperation from the Democratic National Committee in the investigation into the hacking of its server, the fact that Comey kept memos of his conversations with Trump and the amount of money former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's wife, Jill, received during a campaign for the Virginia senate from organizations linked to an ally of Hillary Clinton.
Additional excerpts of the book describe Comey as holding onto unverified and classified information about then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Comey has previously stated that Lynch's decision to meet with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac in Arizona, while the FBI was still investigating Hillary Clinton, was part of the reason that Comey decided to break Justice Department guidelines and hold a public press conference announcing Clinton would not face criminal charges. This still-classified information, Comey writes, gave him even more motivation to go over Lynch.
"Comey throws AG Lynch “under the bus!” Why can’t we all find out what happened on the tarmac in the back of the plane with Wild Bill and Lynch?," Trump wrote on Twitter about Comey's treatment of Lynch. "Was she promised a Supreme Court seat, or AG, in order to lay off Hillary. No golf and grandkids talk (give us all a break)!"
Trump also seized on the possibility that Comey's decision to announce the FBI was re-opening its investigation into Clinton might have been impacted by Clinton's standing in the polls.
"Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe," Trump wrote. "In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!"
What Comey actually wrote was that it is possible his feelings might have been effected, on a unconscious level.
“I had assumed from media polling that Hillary Clinton was going to win,” Comey writes. “I have asked myself many times since if I was influenced by that assumption. I don’t know. Certainly not consciously but I would be a fool to say it couldn’t have had an impact on me."