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4/12/2018

GOP Launches “Lyin’ Comey” Website With White House Approval

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 1:10 pm

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Last month, President Trump said “As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State”. He followed that up with this tweet: “Comey knew it all, and much more!” The former FBI director tweeted in response, or warning:

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Next week, Comey will be embarking on a publicity tour as his memoir “A Higher Truth” is set to be released. In an effort to blunt any negative fallout impacting the President, there is a new website being paid for by the Republican National Committee which aggressively lays out this administration’s case against Comey. It will also be fact-checking the book for contradictions and lies. According to reports, the White House approved all the talking points posted on the website. Amusingly, the site itself can literally be found at www.LyinComey.com:

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Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement:

James Comey’s publicity tour is a self-serving attempt to make money and rehabilitate his own image. Comey is a liar and a leaker, and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing. 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.

Question: How effective will this be, and does anyone really care about James Comey (other than Trump)? And, at this point in time, would a tell-all from an embattled figure like James Comey really impact voters in any meaningful way?

While it’s an open question how successful Republicans will be in making their case against Comey, given that Trump unceremoniously dismissed him last May 9, there is no doubt that many Democrats remain furious at how the former FBI director treated Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Republicans hope to remind Democrats why they disliked Comey by assailing his credibility, shining a new light on his conduct and pointing out his contradictions — or the three Cs.

Comey recently compared Trump to a “mob boss” during an interview which will air next Tuesday. No doubt when it airs, Trump will fire off his own searing series of tweets in response. This in spite of other very real and perilous situations demanding his attention.

–Dana


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