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Trump Completely Unloads on James Comey After Book Excerpts Leak to Press

Now, THIS is fire and fury.

As excerpts from former FBI Director James Comey’s new book began leaking into the media this week, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to blast the man he fired from the nation’s top law enforcement agency.

And he left absolutely no doubt about his opinion of Comey — or his job performance.

“James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR,” Trump wrote. “Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did — until he was, in fact, fired.”

Judging by the material that’s been released so far, Trump’s rage is understandable.

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Comey did more than just characterize Trump as a man “untethered to the truth,” surrounded by sycophants and with a style of leadership more suitable to a mob boss than a president of the world’s greatest country.

He went so far as to question the strength of the president’s marriage, by reprising some of the most salacious accusations that were presented in the now-debunked “Trump dossier,” about Trump engaging in actions with Russian prostitutes that can only be described as disgusting.

From his Twitter posts, the president’s outrage is almost palpable.

Comey obviously has an axe to grind against the commander in chief, and he’s willing to stoke even baseless suspicions in order to strike back.

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In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos published Friday morning, Comey told the former Clinton White House toady that Trump had asked him to investigate the dossier’s claims that Trump had engaged in urination games with prostitutes in Moscow.

Comey said the conversation took place when the two men shared a private dinner in January 2017, a week after Trump’s inauguration.

“He may want me to investigate it to prove that it didn’t happen,” Comey said. “And then he says something that distracted me because he said, you know, ‘If there’s even a 1 percent chance my wife thinks that’s true, that’s terrible.'”

A normal person might think that was perfectly understandable. Every man would like to think his wife would not believe such a thing to be possible, but every man wrongly accused would also like to have the evidence of his innocence out for everyone — including his spouse — to see.

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Comey chose to view the conversation differently. And it’s tough to believe that his own bitterness at being kicked out of the FBI director’s post isn’t skewing his thinking.

“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?” Comey wrote, according to the New York Post.

The legions of Trump critics in the media and the Democrat Party are going to lap up observations like that.

But decent people — regardless of their politics — should be disgusted. Judging by the account of the Comey-Stephanopoulos interview published by ABC on Friday, the former FBI director is bent on making his personal grievance against Trump into a national issue based on the tawdriest of accusations.

And considering this is the man who headed the infamously biased investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server when she was secretary of state — and publicly declared that she should not be prosecuted when everyone in America who’s not blinded by partisanship knew she was guilty of abusing the nation’s secrets, at the very least — Comey’s judgment has to be taken as suspect.

When Trump was presented with an apparent betrayal by former chief strategist Steve Bannon in the White House gossip-fest “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff, his outrage was legendary.

What’s going to come after Comey’s book is officially released is likely to be what real “fire and fury” looks like.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.
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