"Had it become public, the unverified material would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general's independence in connection with the Clinton investigation", Comey writes.
The White House's top spokeswoman blasted former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGOP unveils mock cover of Comey book with "ego" attack NY Daily News cover hits Trump over Comey book revelations Geraldo Rivera: Comey is the reason Trump is president MORE as a "disgraced partisan hack" on Friday as the administration seeks to discredit allegations he's made in a new book. This President is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values.
Trump led the charge himself on Friday, tweeting so far unsubstantiated claims that Comey "leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted", and that he "lied to Congress under OATH". The boss in complete control. "The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organisation above morality and above the truth".
Read her full review here. "But instead, we're going to talk about Jim Comey", she said.More news: Khloe Kardashian's boyfriend Tristan Thompson accused of cheating as two videos emerge
Excerpts from Mr Comey's forthcoming memoir describe in unsparing and unflattering prose his views of Mr Trump as an inveterate liar and egotist.
Comey said he then asked to speak with the president-elect alone to discuss the information contained in the "dossier".
"He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a awful Director of the FBI", Trump responded.
Mr Comey said he cautioned Mr Trump against ordering an investigation into a salacious intelligence dossier alleging an 2013 encounter with prostitutes in Moscow.More news: Donald Trump warns Russian Federation of 'nice, smart' missile attack on Syria
Like bullying. This is a media-about-media-about-media moment, so part of today's entertainment is watching how various news organizations are serving up reports of the Comey memoir in ways they think will resonate with their readers.
On a grammatical note, it said, "Although Trump rendered the word as an open compound (slime ball) in his tweet, the traditional form is as a closed compound (slimeball)". Because, as the saying goes, all politics is local, right?
The president fired Comey last May while his agency was investigating potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 USA election in a move that led the Justice Department to appoint Special Counsel Robert Mueller to take over a probe that has hung over his presidency.More news: Break Up California Into 3 Smaller States, Billionaire Urges