James Comey: I'm Not Mocking Trump

Former FBI chief taking criticism for his personal shots at the president's appearance
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2018 1:23 PM CDT
In this image released by ABC News, former FBI director James Comey appears at an interview with George Stephanopoulos.   (Ralph Alswang/ABC via AP)
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(Newser) – It may seem like James Comey's book already has been out forever given all the media attention, but Tuesday is actually the official release date of A Higher Loyalty. Publisher Macmillan is expecting a blockbuster, having ordered a whopping 850,000 copies for the first run, reports CNN. No wonder: The book has been at or near the top of Amazon's best-seller list for a solid month, thanks in part to critical tweets by the main subject, President Trump. A look at coverage, including how Comey is taking flak for some of his lines about the president:

  • Personal shots: The New York Times observes that Comey is entering "risky terrain" with his gloves-off criticism of Trump during the media blitz. If he was once seen as above the fray, he is now "looking instead like a combatant in the country's partisan battles," especially given his jabs at Trump's personal appearance (including references to his "slightly orange" skin and "too long" ties). “To the extent that the former director appears petty and anything less than high-minded, it diminishes the impact of his critique," says GOP strategist Michael Steel, no big fan of Trump.

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