Donald Trump called James Comey “a weak and untruthful slime ball” on Friday morning after the first reports were released from the former FBI director’s new book, in which he likens the president to a mob boss.
“James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR,” Trump tweeted. “Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH.”
In his next tweet, Trump wrote: “He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”
Comey said during congressional testimony last year that he helped to leak details of a memo about Trump to the New York Times, but he denied that it contained classified information.
Earlier on Friday morning, ABC News released the first clip from its upcoming interview with Comey, which will be aired on Sunday night.
In the clip, Comey, sitting in a blue shirt and blazer across from interviewer George Stephanopoulos and speaking calmly, discussed the allegation, found in the dossier on his links to Russia compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele, that Trump invited prostitutes to his hotel room in Moscow during the Miss Universe event in 2013.
Comey said that Trump asked him: “Do I look like a guy who needs hookers?”
Comey went on: “And then he says something that distracted me because he said, you know, ‘If there’s even a 1% chance my wife thinks that’s true, that’s terrible.’
“‘And I remember thinking, ‘How could your wife think there’s a 1% chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?’”
Comey said: “I’m a flawed human being, but there is literally zero chance that my wife would think that was true. So, what kind of marriage to what kind of man does your wife think there’s only a 99% chance you didn’t do that?”
Asked if he believed Trump’s denial, Comey said: “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,” he said. “It’s possible, but I don’t know.”