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story.lead_photo.caption In this May 3, 2017, file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Comey is blasting President Donald Trump as unethical and "untethered to truth" and his leadership of the country as "ego driven and about personal loyalty." Comey's comments come in a new book in which he casts Trump as a mafia boss-like figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him regarding the investigation into Russian election interference. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of rage against James Comey on Sunday over the former FBI director's forthcoming book, calling him "slippery," insisting he never asked him for loyalty and labelling him "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"

Trump fired off a series of tweets ahead of Comey's interview with ABC, which was set to air in full Sunday evening.

In an excerpt shown Saturday, Comey said his belief that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election was a factor in his decision to disclose the investigation into her emails. Trump seized on that, saying Comey "was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!"

Comey's disclosure shortly before the 2016 election that the FBI had reopened its investigation into her email use enraged Democrats. Following Clinton's loss, Democrats blamed Comey and Clinton herself has said it hurt her election prospects.

Trump also pushed back again against Comey's claims that Trump sought his loyalty, saying it was "Just another of his many lies. His 'memos' are self serving and FAKE!"

He also suggested Comey should be imprisoned, saying "how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail)." There is no indication Comey is under investigation for doing either.

Asked if the president wanted the Justice Department to investigate Comey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that she was not aware of a specific request, but "if they feel there was any wrongdoing, they should certainly look into that just as they do on a number of other topics."

Comey is embarking on a public rollout of his book, "A Higher Loyalty," which comes out Tuesday. The book offers Comey's version of the highly controversial events surrounding his firing by Trump and the investigations into Russian election meddling and Clinton's email practices. In it, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country "ego driven and about personal loyalty."

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation. Mueller's probe has expanded to include whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, which the president denies.

Trump has said he fired Comey because of his handling of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's email practices. Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeatedly said Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state. Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politicizing the investigation.

In the interview excerpt released Saturday, Comey said he did not remember "consciously thinking" about the election results as he decided to disclose that the FBI had reopened its investigation into candidate Clinton's email use, but he said "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 added: "I don't remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she's going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out."

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  • RobertBolt
    April 15, 2018 at 11:16 a.m.

    Is their anyone easier to troll than Trump?

  • JakeTidmore
    April 15, 2018 at 12:31 p.m.

    Donnie just about blew every fuse in his 5-watt brain.

    Trump thinks he's a lion when he roars but his jacka$$-braying voice gives him away every time.

  • RBear
    April 15, 2018 at 1:32 p.m.

    As we would say, "He ain't riiiight."
    Boltar called it on Trump. He's probably the easiest to troll and Democrats are going to have fun this mid-term getting him to unleash and torpedo any chance Republicans might have. I saw today that even though Rep. Kevin McCarthy is vying for the speaker position, he may have a hard time getting the support due to his strong ties to Trump.

  • YOUNGT104
    April 15, 2018 at 1:33 p.m.

    The Trumpster throwing another one of his temper tantrums.... they got old over a year ago... someone needs to put him in time out and take his phone away for a year...

    April 15, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.

    Innocent people don't behave like this.

  • carpenterretired
    April 15, 2018 at 9:01 p.m.

    Well Comey will make a good new boogie man for Trump and Fox news as the Hilary boogie man is becoming awfully shop worn.

  • mozarky2
    April 15, 2018 at 9:28 p.m.

    Comey is likely headed to prison. President Trump is not.

  • skeptic1
    April 15, 2018 at 9:41 p.m.

    Sigh...more fake news, never mind the former head of the FBI admitted in a book for profit that his decision not to seek charges against Hillary was political because he was sure she would be elected and he wouldn't want to be on her wrong side. Never mind he lied about the fake dossier to the FISA Court, and the crimes go on and on. I think under the circumstances Trump is showing great restraint

    April 15, 2018 at 11:28 p.m.

    Can't wait for Trump's next round of hysterically unhinged tweets! I'll bet he was GLUED to ABC tonight, seething and soiling his trousers.