'He's a big boy': James Comey's dad slams Trump's attacks on ex-FBI chief

'He's a big boy': James Comey's dad slams Trump's attacks on ex-FBI chief
From CBC - April 13, 2018

J. Brien Comey, Sr., is a lifelong Republican who occasionally tunes into Fox News host Sean Hannity's program from his suburban New Jersey home.

But it was probably for the best that the 87-year-old did not catch Wednesday's show, when Hannity went after Comey's first-born son, James, the former director of the FBI.

In an11-minute monologue, Hannity delivered a connect-the-dots theoryreplete with a conspiratorial graphic about the"Comey Crime Family"detailing how JamesComey and the "Deep State" plotted against U.S. President Donald Trump.

The seniorComeyalso did not see the president's tweet on Friday morning ripping his son as an "untruthful slime ball."Nor did he know that the Republican National Committee had launched a new websitebranding his 57-year-old namesake "Lyin' Comey."

"You are kiddingthat's wild," Comey's father told CBCin a phone interview. "It's terrible, because Jim is the opposite. He's a very truthful young man. It's their problem if they ca not understand his integrity."

The RNCis rolling out abattle plan reportedly with a sign-off from the Trump administrationto discredit Comey'sson'scredibility in anticipationof his first major TV interview, on ABC on Sunday, to promote his new tell-all memoir,A Higher Loyalty.

"The president, you gotta keep an eye on. He's a little crazy, you know. So you have got to consider the source,"said the seniorComey, a retired Jersey councilman.

"Not one of my favourite people," hesaid, chuckling at Trump's "slime ball" taunt. He said he likely wo not bring himself to vote for Trump in 2020.

'I do not understand it'

Previews of the ABC interview show Comey comparing Trump to a "mob boss"and saying the president was fixated on disproving an allegation in the Steele Dossier that Trump was "with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013."This probably explains the timing of the RNC'sLyin' Comeysite, Comey's father said.

Although he made it a rule in the past not to discuss his son's sensitive line of work, he nowfinds himself defending his character against a party leadership he supported most of his life.

"I do not understand it," he said from the former FBI director's childhood home in Allendale, N.J., where theABC interview was taped.

Politically, he said, "Jim leans right," but "the right does not lean to him."

The much-anticipated memoircomes out April 17, almost exactly a year after Trump dismissed the career law-enforcement official while he was leading the criminal investigation into whether Trump colluded with Russian officials in the 2016 presidential election. Comey testified last June that Trump fired him after pressuring him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

His dismissal led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the Trump-Russia probe.

"Jim was doing a very good job. But Trump demands total loyalty for anybody who works for him, and Jim said he is totally loyal to the truth," the elder Comey said. "That was the end of him."

J. Brien Comey does not hide his displeasure for the president, whose sanity he has questioned. President Trump has assailed James Comey as a "showboat."

"If there's a showboat, it's Trump himself," his father shot back. "But if somebody asks Jim a question, he will give'em an answerlimelight or not."

Memoir having 'adverse impact'

Trump is now in absolute control of the national party apparatus.- MacStipanovich , Republican strategist


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