James Comey attacks Trump's integrity in new book, 'A Higher Loyalty'

James Comey attacks Trump's integrity in new book, 'A Higher Loyalty'

The book is going to be heavily scrutinized by Trump's legal team, which would look for inconsistencies between their version and his public testimony under oath before Congress

According to excerpts obtained by The Associated Press and other news outlets, former FBI director James Comey describes President Trump as "untethered to truth" and "ego-driven" in his explosive upcoming book, 'A Higher Loyalty.'

The book hits the shelves on April 17. Comey takes the liberty to question the strength of Trump's marriage to Melania after revealing that the president asked him to investigate salacious allegations about his alleged actions with Russian prostitutes in the past.

"It bothered [President Trump] if there was 'even a one percent chance' his wife, Melania, thought it was true," Comey wrote, according to the New York Post. Later on, Comey asked: "In what kind of marriage, to what kind of man, does a spouse conclude there is only a 99 percent chance her husband didn’t do that?

Furthermore, the 6-foot-8 Comey went on to describe Trump as shorter than he anticipated with a longer than usual tie and "bright white half-moons" under his eyes that he suggested came from tanning goggles, the AP reports.

The fired FBI Director also made a genuine effort to check the president's hands, whose size had been the subject of mockery among many of Trump's rivals during the presidential race. Comey said that it was  "smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so."

Comey also called the Trump presidency a "forest fire" and wrote in his book that his interactions with the administration reminded him of "my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob," according to The Washington Post.

"The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview," Comey reportedly wrote. "The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth."

In a January 27 dinner with Trump, Comey recalled the Mafia theme when the president told him: "I need loyalty. I expect loyalty," The New York Post reported.

"You will always get honesty from me," Comey said he replied, later writing, "The demand was like [mobster] Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony."

The president had removed Comey from his administration in May 2017. He claimed that he did so because of Comey's handling of the FBI's investigation into the controversial Hillary Clinton emails. Comey wrote that he regretted some of the wording he had used during his July 2016 press conference. He had then announced that he had decided not to prosecute Hillary, reported the AP. Having said that, he believed that he had done the right thing by announcing his decision in front of cameras, remarking that the Justice Department had done so in similar high-profile cases.

The AP reported that according to Comey, every person on the investigative team had concluded that there was no real case which could be used to prosecute Clinton and that the FBI had found her innocent of lying under questioning.

In his book, Comey further wrote that he had notified the Congress that the email investigation has since been reopened in October 2016 because he feared her election would be considered "illegitimate" if he didn't, according to the New York Post.

"I believed it was my duty to inform Congress that we were restarting the investigation. I would say as little as possible, but the FBI had to speak," Comey writes, later adding, "It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls. But I don't know."

Comey revealed that he felt he had to take a bigger part in the Clinton investigation because there was unconfirmed classified information about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, according to an excerpt obtained by ABC News.

ABC reported that according to Comey, "the source and content of that material remains classified as I write this." That being said, he added that if the information had become public, it "would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general's independence in connection with the Clinton investigation."

Comey also shed light on his firing, saying that then-Homeland Security secretary John Kelly offered to quit out of disgust as to how Comey was dismissed, according to the AP.

He wrote rather extensively about his first meeting with the President after the election which included Vice President Mike Pence, Reince Priebus, Michael Flynn and Sean Spicer. The meeting was also attended by NSA Director Mike Rogers, CIA Director John Brennan and James Clapper, the then-Director of National Intelligence.

Comey claimed that he was taken aback by what the Trump team didn't ask during the briefing on the intelligence community's findings of Russian election interference.

According to the AP, Comey wrote: "They were about to lead a country that had been attacked by a foreign adversary, yet they had no questions about what the future Russian threat might be."

The towering former director of the FBI is scheduled to do a series of interviews in which he would promote the book.

Comey's book is going to be heavily scrutinized by Trump's legal team where they would look for any inconsistencies between their version and his public testimony under oath before Congress. His credibility as a key witness in Mueller's investigation could be put at stake. President Trump has already branded the probe as a politically motivated "witchhunt".

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