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'Untruthful slime ball': Donald Trump blasts former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey

'Untruthful slime ball': Donald Trump blasts former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey

Trump also tweeted that Comey's mishandling of the Clinton email probe deserves "jail" time and called him a "slimeball".

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- Comey writes that Trump said he was thinking about asking the FBI to investigate the allegation to prove it was a lie. "His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!" As he began to grow more defensive and the conversation teetered towards disaster, on instinct, I pulled the tool from my bag: "'We are not investigating you, sir.' That seemed to quiet him".

Stephanopoulos asked if Comey knew that letter would elect Trump, would still send it. Trump's leadership, Comey says, is "transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty".

Trump fired Comey last May, setting off a chain of events that led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The book adheres closely to Comey's public testimony and written statements about his contacts with Trump and his own growing concern about Trump's integrity.

The former FBI director, who was abruptly fired by Trump previous year, announced in July 2016 that he would not recommend charges in the investigation of Clinton's email practices.

"Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues meant to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information", he said at the time.

Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly says in his upcoming book that, given another chance, he would try to avoid calling Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information as secretary of state "extremely careless". "I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been".

Trump also accused Comey of throwing former Attorney General Loretta Lynch "under the bus", drawing his phrasing from a New York Post headline from Friday. In it, Comey wrote that Trump, in a private meeting, pressed the then-FBI director for his loyalty.

"This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values", Comey said in the book due out Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

It would be hard to imagine a characterization further from the self-portrait Comey draws in his memoir, tracing the development of his career and his character from high school through years as a prosecutor, deputy attorney general, private lawyer, law professor and Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Lynch accepted Comey's recommendation not to charge Clinton. The president appears to be referring to passages in A Higher Loyalty in which Comey wrote that he had a "tortured half-in, half-out approach" to the investigation into Clinton's emails.

According to him, it appeared obvious at the time that Hillary Clinton was "going to be elected president", thus making him reason that burying the investigation might make her "illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out".