Trump took aim at several allegations made in A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, Comey’s forthcoming tell-all book about his decades-long career in criminal justice. He accused Comey of writing “phony” memos about their interactions and ranted over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies. His “memos” are self serving and FAKE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
Trump’s tweets came hours before Comey’s highly anticipated interview with ABC News. In the interview, Comey called Trump “morally unfit” and said the president is vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
Comey’s interview with ABC News is just the first in a whirlwind media tour surrounding his new book, of which more than 200,000 copies have already been sold. On Thursday, he is expected to sit down with CNN’s Jake Tapper to give his first live interview since Trump fired him as head of the Russia probe in May.
“My book is about ethical leadership & draws on stories from my life & lessons I learned from others,” Comey tweeted Sunday. “I hope folks read the whole thing and find it useful.”
My book is about ethical leadership & draws on stories from my life & lessons I learned from others. 3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint. I hope folks read the whole thing and find it useful.— James Comey (@Comey) April 15, 2018
News reports containing passages from Comey’s new book, as well as clips from his upcoming interview with ABC News, set the internet ablaze last week. Comey wrote in his memoir that Trump was obsessed with disproving the so-called pee tape allegation from the infamous intelligence dossier about him.
“I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013,” Comey told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in a preview of Sunday’s show. “It’s possible, but I don’t know.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.