Trump, aides fire back at Comey on Twitter

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WASHINGTON (AP) Top White House aides are pushing back on a new book from former FBI director James Comey that depicts President Donald Trump as unethical and "untethered to the truth."

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter Friday: "One of the few areas of true bipartisan consensus in Washington is Comey has no credibility."

And White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey "has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntled ex-employee."

She also took issue with some of Comey's personal commentary in the book, saying it was "no way to comport oneself after you're trying to prove that you have this quote, 'higher loyalty.'"

Mr. Trump fired Comey last May.

In the book, Comey compares Mr. Trump to a mob boss who demands loyalty from all those around him, even if it means twisting the truth.

Earlier Friday, the president tweeted that Comey is an "untruthful slime ball" who should be prosecuted for leaking classified information.

"It was my great honor to fire him,” the president tweeted.

Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter Friday: "He is a weak and unethical slimeball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst "botch jobs" of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!"

The White House has denied that Mr. Trump ever encouraged Comey to end an investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, an encounter that the fired FBI director memorialized in private notes that he later described to Congress.

Mr. Trump has also accused Comey of leaking information by authorizing a friend to share with journalists details of the discussion about Flynn.