Allies of President Donald Trump are planning an extensive campaign to refute James Comey’s upcoming book publicity tour, according to CNN.
A website aimed at the former FBI director, “Lying Comey,” is offering digital advertising and talking points for Republicans across the country ahead of Comey’s memoir, which is being released next week, CNN reported.
"Comey is a liar and a leaker and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing,"Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told CNN. "If Comey wants the spotlight back on him, we'll make sure the American people understand why he has no one but himself to blame for his complete lack of credibility."
The RNC has a beef with contradictions Romey has made about leaking information related to ongoing federal investigations.
How has he contradicted himself?
For example, in May 2017, Comey testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee that he never anonymously leaked information about the Trump or Clinton investigations.
But in June, Comey admitted that he enlisted a close friend to leak his memos to the media in hopes of prompting a special counsel investigation into the Trump/Russia probe. He told a Senate Intelligence Committee that a tweet by Trump prompted him to leak memos of his interactions with the president, according to reports.
"The president tweeted on Friday, after I got fired, that I better hope there's not tapes," Comey said at the hearing. "I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape."
Comey had written memos of his meetings with Trump and shared them with other leaders at the FBI.
"My judgment was I needed to get that out into the public square. So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter," Comey said during the hearing."I didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel, so I asked a close friend of mine to do it.”
In May, Trump fired Comey from his position as director of the FBI.
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Trump wrote in a letter to Comey.