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James Comey: The Republican Party ‘Reflects Now Entirely Donald Trump’s Values’

He speaks for many.
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ABC NEWS - George Stephanopoulos sits down with former FBI director James Comey for an exclusive interview that will air during a primetime "20/20" special on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ralph Alswang/ABC via Getty Images)

Former FBI Director James Comey says that he no longer considers himself a member of the Republican Party. Comey made the declaration during an appearance on ABC News podcast “Start Here.”

Comey believes that the party has “left him” along with “many others.”

“I think they’ve lost their way and I can’t be associated with it,” he said.

Elaborating further, Comey stressed that the GOP’s seemingly unequivocal support for President Donald Trump has assured his own exit from the party.

“These people don’t represent anything I believe in… The Republican Party, as near as I can tell, reflects now entirely Donald Trump’s values,” Comey said. “It doesn’t reflect values at all. It’s transactional, it’s ego-driven, it’s in service to his ego.”

The GOP, as if highlighting Comey’s points, has actively campaigned against his book, A Higher Loyalty, which paints an unflattering picture of President Trump and his administration. To get ahead of the fallout from Comey’s tell-all, Republicans launched LyingComey.com, which, as Second Nexus noted on April 12, “received White House approval and is overseen by the Republican National Committee”:

To counteract or mitigate any revelations from his book, their strategy includes the website, digital advertising, and distribution of talking points for Republicans or any of those loyal to President Trump to use.

The website relies heavily on unlikely sources for criticism of Comey. Quotes from Democrats, especially former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, feature prominently.

“Maybe he’s not in the right job,” is quoted from Nancy Pelosi. A Maxine Waters quote, “The FBI director has no credibility,” is also included. From Chuck Schumer they use, “I do not have confidence in [Comey] any longer.”

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Screenshot from Republican National Committee website Lyin’ Comey.

Despite the backlash, Comey has continued to promote his book, even as the president continues to level attacks against his credibility.

The president slammed him last week, calling him a “weak and untruthful slime ball” and a “proven LEAKER & LIAR” in posts to his Twitter followers.

The president continued his attacks this morning, claiming that he did not fire Comey over the investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. The president claimed that Comey’s firing was not related to the bureau’s investigation.

“Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)!” the president wrote on Twitter.

But the facts tell a different story. Trump fired Comey on May 9, an action which, many legal experts say, constitutes grounds for an investigation of Trump for possible obstruction of justice. A New York Times report the following Monday revealed that Trump asked Comey to halt the criminal investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security advisor. (Flynn would later plead guilty to lying to federal investigators about his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the former Russian ambassador to the United States.)

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to a memo Comey wrote immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Flynn resigned. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with Trump as part of a paper trail documenting the president’s “improper” efforts to impede the continuing investigation.

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