President Donald Trump blasted James Comey as a “LEAKER & LIAR” and an “untruthful slime ball” in a pair of tweets Friday morning, and said that the former FBI director should be prosecuted for allegedly leaking classified information to news media.
“He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst ‘botch jobs’ of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” he added.
Trump’s tweets come a day after excerpts from Comey’s forthcoming tell-all paint a devastating picture of the president as an “unethical” man “untethered to truth and institutional values” who lives in “a cocoon of alternative reality.”
In the book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” which NBC News obtained on Thursday ahead of its scheduled release next week, Comey recounts his encounters and disagreements with Trump, who fired him on May 9.
Trump’s suggestion that Comey should be prosecuted appears to stem from the former FBI chief’s arranging to leak a memo about a conversation he had with the president last year. Comey has previously said he began writing memos about his conversations with the president because he believed Trump would not be truthful about their interactions.
Comey told Congress under oath in June 2017 that he woke up in the middle of the night and decided to orchestrate a leak of the content of one of the memos, in hopes that a special counsel would be appointed to lead the Russia investigation.
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter. I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Comey said.
Since Comey’s firing last year, he and Trump have occasionally exchanged barbs on social media.
Trump suggested Comey should face prosecution in January, while Comey responded to Trump’s accusation in March that as FBI director he had swept “tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State” under the rug.
“Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not,” Comey said in a March tweet.
“Not how my house normally looks,” Comey tweeted. “One chair for George, one for me.”