“The American people see right through the blatant lies of a self admitted leaker,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of former FBI Director James Comey. This after she got asked if President Donald Trump’s morning Twitter tirade calling Comey a “slime ball” indicated Trump is running scared as Comey unveils his tell-all book and begins his interview tour to plug it.
Trump’s tweet, and Sanders statement came same day ABC News released the first bits of George Stephanopoulos’ interview with Comey who, in the book compared Trump to a mob boss. Comey also writes in the book that Trump told Comey he might ask FBI to investigate the credibility of the alleged Pee Tape to set First Lady Melania Trump at ease. For the unitiated, that’s about a tape allegedly recorded by Russian intel, of Donald Trump in a Moscow hotel room with prostitutes peeing on each other.
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“This is nothing more than a poorly executed PR stunt by Comey” in an effort “to desperately rehabilitate his tattered reputation and enrich his own bank account by peddling a book that belongs in the bargain bin of the fiction section instead of being remembered as a dedicated servant in pursuit of justice like so many of his other colleagues at the FBI,” Sanders said in what appeared to be a prepared response.
“Comey will be forever know as a disgraced partisan hack [who] broke his sacred trust with the President of United States, the dedicated agents of the FBI, and the American people he vowed to faithfully serve,” she continued, adding, “One of the president’s greatest achievements will go down as firing Director James Comey.”
In the presser’s other big headline, a reporter noted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, was at the White House on Thursday to meet with Trump and wondered if Trump is about to fire Rosenstein.
“I don’t have any announcements at this time,” Sanders said, adding, “The President has voiced some frustration, but beyond that I don’t have anything to add.”
Rough translation: It’s Friday, aka “Fireday.”
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