White House press secretary Sarah Sanders accused former FBI Director James Comey on Friday of propagating “blatant lies” about President Trump in his new tell-all book.
“This is nothing more than a poorly-executed [public relations] stunt by Comey to desperately rehabilitate his tattered reputation and enrich his own bank account by peddling a book that belongs in the bargain bin on the fiction section,” Sanders told reporters at the White House briefing.
Taking a cue from the president, who dismissed Comey as an “untruthful slime ball” earlier Friday, Sanders said the former top law enforcement official “will be forever known as a disgraced partisan hack who broke his sacred trust with the President of the United States, the dedicated agents of the FBI, and the American people he vowed to faithfully serve.”
Sanders also urged reporters to avoid giving Comey air time to discuss the damaging details contained in his book, which had topped Amazon’s best-seller list by Friday morning. The book isn’t available for purchase until next week.
“You guys spend hours every single day praising James Comey, propping him up, giving him the biggest platform,” she said. “We shouldn’t be praising him, we should be putting him down.”
White House officials appeared unified on Friday in their stern criticism of Comey and the anecdotes in his new book, which is scheduled to hit shelves just under a year after he was abruptly fired by Trump. The former FBI chief makes several startling claims in his book about the administration’s response to Russian election meddling and the president’s seeming obsession with allegations that he hired prostitutes during a past trip to Moscow.
“Honestly, I never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013,” Comey said in a clip from an extended interview with ABC News that is set to air this