Trump launches Twitter diatribe against James Comey, calling for jailing of ex-FBI director

WASHINGTON—Friction between President Donald Trump and James Comey resurfaced this weekend after details from the former FBI directors book reopened the debate over Mr. Comeys firing.

In an interview with ABC News scheduled to air Sunday night, Mr. Comey said that his decision to tell Congress 11 days before the 2016 presidential election that the FBI was again examining Hillary Clintons emails was influenced by his belief the Democratic nominee would defeat Mr. Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump contended Sunday that James Comey, the FBI director he fired who has written a scathing new book on the Trump presidency, should be imprisoned, claiming that he revealed classified information and lied to Congress.

Trump unleashed a new broadside on Comey hours ahead of a widely publicized television interview with the former chief of the countrys top law enforcement agency. Comeys book, "A Higher Loyalty," is set for publication Tuesday and has already soared to near the top of bestseller lists because of pre-sales.

In the book, Comey likens Trump to a mafia boss and referred to his presidency as a forest fire." Watch related video by VOAs Michael Bowman:

"The big questions in Comeys badly reviewed book arent answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail)," Trump said on Twitter, apparently claiming wrongly that the notes Comey wrote about private meetings with Trump and talked about publicly were classified. It was not immediately clear what Trump was referencing in his contention that Comey lied in testimony before congressional committees.

Trump Contends FBI Chief He Fired Should Be Jailed

"I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty," Trump said, disputing a key contention made by Comey. "I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies. His memos are self serving and FAKE!"

Trump declared, "Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"

Comey wrote in the book, "This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values. His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty." Comey claimed Trump was particularly concerned about unproven allegations that in 2013 he had watched as prostitutes urinated on a bed in a Moscow hotel, asking Comey to investigate to disprove it.

Comey is kicking off his national publicity tour promoting sales of the book with a Sunday night interview on ABC News. After Trump assailed the book, Comey replied on Twitter, "My book is about ethical leadership & draws on stories from my life & lessons I learned from others. 3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint. I hope folks read the whole thing and find it useful."

Comey Book Blitz Kicks Off With ABC Interview

Trump assailed Comey for acknowledging that shortly before Trumps November 2016 election victory, he considered the fact that Trumps opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, was leading in national polls over Trump as the FBI chief reopened an investigation into Clintons use of a private email server to handle classified information when she was secretary of state several years before.

"Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!," Trump said.

The U.S. leader also revisited a June 2016 incident, when Clintons husband, former President Bill Clinton, met privately with then-attorney general Loretta Lynch on an airport tarmac at a time when Lynch was overseeing the FBIs email investigation involving Hillary Clinton in which Hillary Clinton was weeks later cleared of criminal wrongdoing.

"Comey throws AG Lynch under the bus!" Trump claimed. "Why cant we all find out what happened on the tarmac in the back of the plane with Wild Bill and Lynch? Was she promised a Supreme Court seat, or (to stay on as attorney general in a would-be Clinton presidency), in order to lay off Hillary. No golf and grandkids talk (give us all a break)!"

Trump also railed again about last weeks FBI raid on the New York office and home of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in search of documents related to hefty hush money payoffs shortly before the election to two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump a decade before he ran for the presidency. Trump has denied both purported liaisons.

U.S. legal principles shield from disclosure conversations lawyers hold with their clients — attorney-client privilege — unless they are plotting criminal activity.

"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past," Trump tweeted. "I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

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