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© Nicholas Kamm, AFP | These two file photos show then-FBI Director James Comey (L) in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2017; and US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2017.

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2018-04-13

Former FBI director James Comey says in a new book that President Donald Trump reminded him of a mafia boss who demanded absolute loyalty and lied about everything. Trump hit back on Friday, calling Comey a “liar” and a “slime ball” on Twitter.

According to excerpts leaked by US media on Thursday, Comey, whom Trump fired in May 2017, says the US president lives in “a cocoon of alternative reality” into which he tried to pull others around him, according to The Washington Post. The official release of Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership” is slated for next Tuesday.

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

“He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH.”

In the book, Comey said the president was also obsessed with the alleged existence of a video in which Russian prostitutes said to be hired by Trump urinated on the bed in a Moscow hotel room.

The allegations left Trump fuming.

“He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI,” Trump added in a second tweet.

“His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst ‘botch jobs’ of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”

Meetings with Trump gave Comey “flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob,” he writes.

“The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. 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.”

But Comey goes even further, saying that Trump, congenitally, has no sense of what is right and wrong.

“This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values,” he writes, according to The New York Times.

“His leadership is transactional, ego-driven and about personal loyalty.”

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2018-04-13

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