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Thursday, April 12, 2018|9:27 p.m.
WASHINGTON– Former FBI Director James Comey blasts President Donald Trump as dishonest and “untethered to reality” and calls his management of the country “ego driven and about personal commitment” in an upcoming book.
Comey reveals brand-new details about his interactions with Trump and his own decision-making in dealing with the Hillary Clinton email examination prior to the 2016 election. He casts Trump as a mafia boss-like figure who looked for to blur the line between police and politics and aimed to press him regarding his investigation into Russian election disturbance.
The book adheres closely to Comey’s public testimony and composed declarations about his contacts with the president during the early days of the administration and his growing concern about the president’s integrity. It likewise includes strikingly personal jabs at Trump that appear likely to aggravate the president.
The 6-foot-8 Comey explains Trump as much shorter than he anticipated with a “too long” tie and “bright white half-moons” under his eyes that he recommends originated from tanning safety glasses. He also states he made a conscious effort to check the president’s hand size, saying it was “smaller than mine, but did not appear uncommonly so.”
The book, “A Higher Commitment,” is to be launched next week. The Associated Press purchased a copy this week.
Trump fired Comey in May 2017, triggering a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russia examination. Mueller’s probe has broadened to consist of whether Trump blocked justice by firing Comey, a concept the president denies. Trump has attacked Comey as a “showboat” and a “phony.”
Comey’s account lands at an especially sensitive moment for Trump and the White Home. Officials there describe Trump as angered over a recent FBI raid of his individual legal representative’s house and office, raising the prospect that he might fire Deputy Attorney general of the United States Rod Rosenstein, who designated Mueller, or aim to close down the probe on his own. The Republican Politician National Committee is poised to lead the pushback effort against Comey, who is set to do a series of interviews to promote the book, by introducing a website and providing surrogates with talking points that question the former director’s trustworthiness.
Trump has stated he fired Comey because of his handling of the FBI’s investigation into his Clinton’s email practices. Trump utilized the examination as a cudgel in the campaign and consistently stated Clinton needs to be jailed for utilizing an individual e-mail system while working as secretary of state. Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politicizing the examination, and Clinton herself has said it harmed her election prospects.
Comey composes that he regrets his method and a few of the wording he utilized in his July 2016 interview where he announced the choice not to prosecute Clinton. However he states he thinks he did the right thing by going before the cams and making his statement, keeping in mind that the Justice Department had actually done so in other high profile cases.
Everyone on the investigative group, Comey composes, found that there was no prosecutable case versus Clinton which the FBI didn’t find that she lied under its questioning.
He also exposes for the very first time that the U.S. government had actually unverified categorized details that he believes might have been utilized to call into question Chief law officer Loretta Lynch’s self-reliance in the Clinton probe. While Comey does not lay out the information of the info– and states he didn’t see signs of Lynch inappropriately influencing the investigation– he states it stressed him that the material might be used to assault the integrity of the probe and the FBI’s independence.
Comey’s book will be greatly scrutinized by the president’s legal team trying to find any inconsistencies in between it and his public testament, under oath, before Congress. They will be seeking to impeach Comey’s credibility as an essential witness in Mueller’s obstruction investigation, which the president has cast as a political determined witch hunt.
He supplies brand-new information of his shooting. He composes that then-Homeland Security secretary John Kelly– now Trump’s chief of personnel– used to quit from a sense of disgust regarding how Comey was dismissed, as well as his first encounter with Trump, a January 2017 briefing at Trump Tower in New York City City. Kelly has actually been significantly marginalized in the White House and the president has actually mused to confidantes about shooting the chief of staff.
Comey also composes extensively about his first meeting with Trump after his election. Others in the meeting consisted of Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, Michael Flynn, who would become national security adviser, and incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer. Comey was likewise signed up with by NSA Director Mike Rogers, CIA Director John Brennan and DNI Director James Clapper.
After Clapper informed the group on the intelligence neighborhood’s findings of Russian election disturbance, Comey stated he was shocked by exactly what the Trump group didn’t ask.
” They were about to lead a nation that had actually been assaulted by a foreign foe, yet they had no questions about exactly what the future Russian threat may be,” Comey writes. Instead, he composes, they introduced into a technique session about the best ways to “spin exactly what we ‘d simply informed them” for the public.
Lemire reported from New York.