As if U.S. President Donald Trump hasn’t got enough on his plate already, a former FBI director James Comey has taken on the White House in his upcoming book that burst into public view Thursday evening.
In the highly-anticipated book that details Comey’s recounting of his time in the Trump administration, the former FBI chief slammed Trump’s “mob”-like approach to leadership and “the forest fire that is the Trump presidency.”
“This President is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values,” Comey wrote. “His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty.”
Fired by Trump as FBI director last May, Comey kept contemporaneous memos on his conversations with the president, claiming Trump had asked him to do a number of unethical things, CNN writes.
After his blockbuster testimony to Congress last year, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead a special counsel probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential coordination between Trump’s associates and Russia.
A former prosecutor, Comey said in the book that he saw much in common between Trump and the mob bosses he had pursued in a past life.
“The silent circle of assent,” Comey described. “The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.”
Comey said Trump was obsessed with the prostitution allegation, saying that the president spoke to him on four separate occasions to deny the claim.
“‘I’m a germaphobe,'” Comey quoted Trump saying regarding claims in the Steele dossier Trump was recorded watching prostitutes urinate in a hotel suite.
“‘There’s no way I would let people pee on each other around me. No way.'”
Comey also addresses one of the most controversial aspects of his leadership of the FBI – the decision, just days before the election, to inform Congress that the agency had discovered emails potentially related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices as Secretary of State.
He said he has wondered if his assumption that Clinton would inevitably win influenced his choices.
“It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls,” Comey wrote.