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RNC Running Point on Campaign to Discredit Comey

RNC Running Point on Campaign to Discredit Comey

The Republican National Committee has launched a website aimed directly at former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey ahead of a book tour expected to be critical of President Donald Trump.

The RNC's new website is www.LyinComey.com, where the GOP plans to fact check Comey's book and use "rapid response" to highlight any "misstatements" or "contradictions" in it, according to an RNC official. The White House signed off on the plan, which is being overseen by the Republican National Committee.

The focus will be on past Democratic criticism of Comey. ABCNews sources in the room with Comey at the time of the taping told Axios the interview would "shock the president and his team" and that it would "certainly add more meat to the charges swirling around Trump".

"...badly overstepped his bounds", the site quotes Hillary Clinton as saying in September 2017.

The Comey memoir, "A Higher Loyalty", is set to be released next Tuesday. The network has already released a teaser of one exchange, in which Stephanopoulos suggests that Comey likened Trump to a "mob boss". Comey does not speak in the clip.

In recent weeks, Trump has continued to attack Comey on Twitter, and Comey has suggested he will have his say through his book.

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC told Fox News that he believed Comey was acting politically when he had a friend leak memos he'd written to The New York Times "for the express objective of having a special counsel" investigate Trump.

Doug Heye, a former RNC communications director, said the Republican effort shows Comey's publicity tour is "going to dominate news coverage". I think he's sick of his job and Trump is sick of him.

The president replied that he "might be right" - but kept asking him to consider the idea, and said he would as well, according to Comey.

The interview will be aired two days before Comey's new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, is released. He previously served as a US attorney for the Southern District of NY, and the USA deputy attorney general in the George W. Bush administration.

Comey was heading the investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, an investigation with which Trump was becoming increasingly frustrated, reportedly describing it as a "cloud" hanging over his presidency.

At various times, Mr. Comey has been reviled by both parties. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not, " Comey said in a tweet last month.


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