Former FBI chief Jim Comey has apparently mastered the art of pre-sell marketing, given his recent condescending tweets aimed at President Trump and his administration right before his “tell all” book hits store shelves.
But now that his buddy Andrew McCabe was fired by Trump, he’s ramping up his rhetoric.
Washington Examiner reports:
Former FBI Director James Comey shot a message at President Trump after his former deputy Andrew McCabe was fired, warning that “the American people will hear my story very soon,”
“And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not,” he added in a terse tweet. Comey has a book coming out next month and a planned media tour to go along with it.
Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.
— James Comey (@Comey) March 17, 2018
Trump, who last night celebrated McCabe’s ouster as a “great day for democracy,” had just tweeted about how the “fake news” media was “beside itself” when “McCabe was caught, called out and fired.”
“How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation? How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!” Trump said.
Right before Comey tweeted, the Associated Press reported that McCabe, like Comey, kept personal memos of his interactions with Trump, after which it was revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller had obtained them. Follow-up reports have indicated that McCabe also handed those memos over to Mueller and has interviewed with Mueller’s team.
McCabe served more than two decades in the FBI. He was appointed deputy director by Comey in January 2016. In the past year, he came under fire amid allegations of bias, stemming from a campaign contribution his wife received from a Hillary Clinton ally and his supervision of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email server from her time as secretary of state.
McCabe has rejected reports from the FBI’s Office of Personal Responsibility and Office of Inspector General, cited by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his statement declaring McCabe’s termination, which concluded he made unauthorized leaks and made disingenuous statements under oath. In a statement late Friday, McCabe said that there has been an effort to “slander” him and accused the push to remove him as being part of the Trump administration’s “ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation,” which is looking at whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
Trump has long called the Mueller probe a “witch hunt” and reportedly demanded his termination in the past, before backing off. His lawyer, John Dowd, reacted to McCabe’s ouster on Saturday, telling the Daily Beast that it was now time for Mueller to be fired.
It was in the aftermath of Comey’s ouster, after he says Trump asked him to lay off the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and asked him for loyalty, that the Washington Post reported Mueller had expanded his investigation to look at possible obstruction of justice.
Trump himself teased last summer that there might be “tapes” of his conversations with Comey, but later denied there were any recordings. In response to Trump’s tease, Comey famously said, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” while testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017.
Comey is on the verge of a media blitz. His book, titled “A Higher Loyalty,” will hit shelves April 17 and he has a number of high-profile interviews lined up.
The former FBI director has made waves since his termination, as it was revealed Comey memorialized several encounters he had with Trump in a series of memos. In one memo, Comey detailed how the president pressured him to end the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. In another, Comey recalled how Trump demanded loyalty from him. A federal judge ruled last month that Comey’s memos would not be released to the public.
After McCabe gave private testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in December, reports, which relied on leaks, indicated McCabe said he could corroborate Comey’s description of conversations he had with Trump before he was fired in May of last year.
In a previously unpublished interview with Politico, conducted before he was fired late Friday, McCabe predicted that he would be a “significant witness” in Mueller’s investigation.
McCabe has retained a lawyer to represent him matters related to his firing: Michael Bromwich of the Bromwich Group, who is a former DOJ inspector general.