Trump blasts Comey as details emerge from scathing book

James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the

James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the

President Donald Trump is preparing for former FBI Director James Comey's upcoming book tour media blitz the only way he knows how: by losing his cool on Twitter.

In the forthcoming book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country "ego driven and about personal loyalty".

The book also includes some personal jabs at Trump, including references to the size of his hands and calling his face "slightly orange". Trump did, however, tie the firing to a Russian Federation probe that Comey was leading in a May interview with NBC's Lester Holt. He even threatened Comey with jail time.

The book, "A Higher Loyalty", is to be released next week. The Associated Press purchased a copy this week.

"I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor", he said in the interview, to be aired Sunday.

A poll out Friday found that Comey was seen as more believable than Trump. Comey's book is already at number 11 on Amazon's bestsellers of 2018 - Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury, another Trump presidency-focused book, is now at number one.

Trump tweeted “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR.

Comey's account lands at a particularly sensitive moment for Trump and the White House.

Comey describes a February 14, 2017, meeting in the Oval Office where Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clear the room so he could bring up the FBI investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn directly with Comey - a key event in special counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation of whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.

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After Trump fired Comey as FBI director last May, news emerged that Comey kept contemporaneous memos on his conversations with Trump, claiming Trump had asked him to end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

During the summer of the 2016 campaign, Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton on a tarmac while the email investigation was still underway.

"I don't speak like that", he said, adding: "By the way, I wouldn't do that because you're going to help him sell books". Lynch accepted Comey's recommendation not to charge Clinton. "And then he says something that distracted me. He lied to Congress under oath". Both have cast the president in an embarrassing light.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's book "A Higher Loyalty" releases next week. In early November, Comey then informed lawmakers that those emails did not warrant any further action. Kelly has been increasingly marginalized in the White House and the president has mused to confidants about firing him.

Comey also writes extensively about his first meeting with Trump after the election, a briefing in January 2017 at Trump Tower in New York City.

October 18: Trump tweets, "As it has turned out, James Comey lied and leaked and totally protected Hillary Clinton".

"It was my great honour to fire James Comey!".

According to Comey, no one in the room that day asked what next steps should be taken to stop the Russians from executing a similar operation in the future. Trump has denied any collusion.

"Did you tell him that the Steele dossier had been financed by his political opponents?" Comey said he left out one detail involving an allegation that the prostitutes had urinated on a bed once used by the Obamas. Other than mistakes in the way I presented myself in the July 5 public statement in front of the television cameras, I am convinced that if I could do it all again, I would do the same thing, given my role and what I knew at the time.

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