Comey: Assumption of Clinton victory factored into email probe announcement

The book, "A Higher Loyalty", is to be released next week. The Associated Press purchased a copy this week.

A copy of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's book "A Higher Loyalty" is seen in New York City, New York, U.S. April 13, 2018.

In one excerpt, Mr Comey said he did not remember "consciously thinking" about the election results as he chose to disclose that the FBI had reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use. It also includes strikingly personal jabs at Trump that appear sure to irritate the president.

In the book Comey compares President Donald Trump to a mob boss, mocks the president's clothing, mocks the president's hands and even mocks the president's height. "Was (Lynch) promised a Supreme Court seat, or AG, in order to lay off Hillary".

"It was my great honor to fire James Comey!". In a Monmouth University poll last May, the numbers were almost identical with 10% of Democrats approving of Trump's to fire Comey compared with 74% of Republicans.

Washington national security lawyer Bradley Moss said Comey's claim to the moral high ground has always been weak.

Unlike Michael Wolff's "Fire & Fury", which caught the White House unawares when it was published in January, the administration had weeks to polish its rebuttal rhetoric for Comey's book.

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Some of these points are misleading, if well-worn by the President.

Hillary Clinton was expected to win the White House race when then-FBI Director James Comey (r.) ordered another investigation into her email use. After hearing this rationale, one former Clinton campaign aide, Zerlina Maxwell, told MSNBC on Friday: "It's infuriating".

The fact that the Trump inquiry was kept under wraps while the Clinton inquiry was not simply accentuates the importance of the Justice Department rules against making such announcements close to an election-rules that Comey broke for one candidate but not for the other. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. And he personally dictated a set of tweets about Comey, declaring him a "proven LEAKER & LIAR", as details from his book began emerging. He lied to Congress under OATH. In this view, Comey is an ego-driven false martyr, not only bitter and vengeful but downright corrupt - a sellout to the Democrats who have refused to accept their loss or Trump's triumph in 2016. That helped Trump and hurt Clinton, not the other way around. In an average of May polls from past year, 12 percentage points more of Americans disapproved than approved of the decision to fire Comey.

Russian Federation has denied interfering in the election and Trump has denied any collusion or improper activity. But though Comey floats the possibility that his decision did impact the outcome of the election, he once again defends it in the book.

But Comey's critics see him as now just another player of the political ring.

Comey is less forgiving of former attorney general Loretta Lynch, deriding her "tortured half-out, half-in approach" to the Clinton investigation and saying that he considered naming a special prosecutor to handle it.

  • Sonia Alvarado