Washington( AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey smashes President Donald Trump as unethical and “untethered to truth” in a crisply critical brand-new notebook that describes Trump as fixated in the early days of his administration on having the FBI debunk salacious rumors he claimed were untruthful but could distress his wife.
In the forthcoming work, Comey equates Trump to a mafia don and announces his the leading role of the country “ego driven and about personal loyalty.”
He too discloses new detailed information on his interactions with Trump and his own decision-making in handling the Hillary Clinton email investigation before the 2016 poll. He assigns Trump as a mobster-like flesh who sought to blur the line between enforcement and politics and is seeking to influence him personally regarding his investigation into Russian election interference.
The book clings closely to Comey& apos; s public affidavit and written statements about his contacts with Trump and his growing concern about Trump& apos; s coherence. It also includes strikingly personal thrusting at Trump that were presented sure to vex the president.
The 6-foot-8 Comey describes Trump as shorter than he expected with a “too long” tie and “bright white-hot half-moons” under his eyes that he hints came from browning goggles. He also says he made a self-conscious effort to check the president& apos; s entrust immensity, saying it was “smaller than pit but is not seem extraordinarily so.”
The book, “A Higher Loyalty, ” is to be exhausted next week. The Associated Press bought a replica this week.
“Donald Trump& apos; s presidency threatens much of what is good in this commonwealth, ” Comey writes, calling the administration a “forest fire” that can& apos; t be contained by ethical captains within the government.
On a more-personal tier, Comey describes Trump repeatedly asking him to consider investigating an charge involving Trump and Russian prostitutes urinating on a bunk in a Moscow hotel, in order to prove it was a lie. Trump has strongly rejected the charge, and Comey says that it appeared the president wanted it investigated to reassure his wife, Melania Trump.
Trump burnt Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special admonish overseeing the Russia investigation. Mueller& apos; s probe has expanded to include whether Trump thwarted justice by firing Comey, which the president denies.
Trump has assailed Comey as a “showboat” and a “liar.”
Comey& apos; s account moors at a particularly sensitive instant for Trump and the White House. Officials there describe the president as enraged over a recent FBI raid of his personal solicitor& apos; s residence and office, fostering the prospect that he could fervor Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who made Mueller, or try to shut down the probe on his own. The Republican National Committee is poised to lead the pushback act against Comey by launching a website and plying surrogates with talking spots that interview his credibility.
Trump has said he shelled Comey because of his handling of the FBI& apos; s investigation into Clinton& apos; s email rehearses. Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in awareness-raising campaigns and repeatedly alleged Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state. Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politicizing police investigations, and Clinton herself has said it hurt her poll prospects.
Comey writes that he misses his approach and some of the wording he used in his July 2016 press conference in which he announced government decisions not to prosecute Clinton. But he says he conceives he did the right thing by proceeding before the cameras and clearing such statements , noting that the Justice Department had done so in other high profile cases.
Every person on the investigative crew, Comey writes, found that there was no prosecutable subject against Clinton and that the FBI didn& apos; t is my finding that she lied under its questioning.
He too exposes new details about how the government had unverified classified information that he feels could have been used to direct doubt on Attorney General Loretta Lynch& apos; s neutrality in the Clinton probe. While Comey does not outline the details of the information — and says he didn& apos; t see indications of Lynch inappropriately affecting police investigations — he announces it annoyed him that information materials could be used to assault the integrity of the probe and the FBI& apos; s independence.
Comey& apos; s volume will be heavily scrutinized by the president& apos; s legal team looking for any divergences between it and his public testimony, under promise, before Congress. They will be would be interested to charge Comey& apos; s credibility as a key witness in Mueller& apos; s blockage investigation, which the president has cast as a political motivated witch hunt.
The former FBI director adds brand-new details of his firing. He writes that then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly — now Trump& apos; s chief of staff — offered to quit out of disgust at how Comey was rejected. Kelly has become increasingly marginalized in the White House and the president has mused to confidants about fuelling him.
Comey also writes extensively about his first had met with Trump after the election, a briefing in January 2017 at Trump Tower in New York City. Others in the confront included Vice President Mike Pence, Trump& apos; s first joint chiefs of staff, Reince Priebus, Michael Flynn, who would become national security consultant, and incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer. Comey was also to participate in NSA Director Mike Rogers, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
After Clapper briefed the team on the intelligence community& apos; s results of Russian election interference, Comey said he was taken aback by what the Trump team didn& apos; t ask.
“They were about to lead a number of countries that had been attacked by a foreign antagonist, yet they had no questions about what the future Russian threat are likely to be, ” Comey writes. Instead, they launched into a strategy seminar about how to “spin what we& apos ;d precisely told them” for the public.
Comey says he had flashbacks to his time investigating the Italian Mafia as a “prosecutors ” in Manhattan, was of the view that Trump “was trying to utter us all part of the same family.”
“For my part busines, intellect was a stuff of pit and political invent a occasion of yours. Team Trump wanted to change that, ” he writes.
Comey then describes talking to Trump one-on-one after the broader meeting.
He says he described the allegations about Russian prostitutes. He writes that he told Trump about the dossier because it was the FBI& apos; s responsibility to shield the conference of presidents from compulsion related to harmful accusations, whether reinforced or not. Comey said he left out one detail involving an allegation that the sexes had urinated on a bottom formerly used by the Obamas.
Trump raised the subject again a few weeks later, after the dossier had been made public. He then told Comey, the lead writes, that “hes not” stayed in the hotel and that the most salacious commission could not have been genuine because, Trump pronounced, “I& apos; m a germaphobe. There& apos; s no way I would let beings pee on each other around me. No way.”
Comey writes that Trump invoked the issue again, unprompted, during the course of its one-on-one dinner at the White House and it inconvenienced the president that there might be even “a one percent chance” his wife might think it was true.
Comey then registers amaze, writing that he thought to himself “why his wife would think there was any opportunity, even a small one, that he had been with prostitutes urinating on one another in a Moscow hotel room.”
Lemire reported from New York.