The New Yorker:

It’s come to this: James Comey, the former head of the F.B.I., says that the President of the United States operates like a mob boss—lying, scheming, and demanding loyalty oaths from his subalterns, with no regard for morality. In response, the President has called the former G-man a “weak and untruthful slime ball.”

Thus begins the publicity cycle for James Comey’s new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” Although the tome doesn’t officially come out until next week, a number of media outlets published extensive accounts of its contents on Thursday and Friday. The Times even published an early review, in which Michiko Kakutani describes Comey’s work as “absorbing” and compares him to both Eliot Ness, the federal agent who helped bring down Al Capone, and Will Kane, the town marshal Gary Cooper plays in “High Noon.” That is the narrative that the White House is trying to counter, of course. “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired,” Trump wrote in the first of two seething tweets on Friday morning. In the second tweet, he rolled out his “slime ball” line and described Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as “one of the worst ‘botch jobs’ in history.” Simultaneously, one of Trump’s aides, Kellyanne Conway, went on television and sought to dismiss Comey as a “disgruntled former employee.”

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