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Truth and lies

Truth and lies
Not since Richard Nixon has any President matched Trump's obsession to fire those in his team but a book is waiting to strike back. Precisely what consequences that will have remains to be seen but a beleaguered President, hounded by his deeds and attitude, will surely have his hands full in trying to contain the impact. A twitter-addicted Trump accused former FBI Chief, "Sanctimonious James Comey," whom he fired last May, of covering up "lies and corruption" within the FBI. Comey hit back, tweeting that the American people would soon be able "judge for themselves who is honourable and who is not." Trump had attacked Comey again while celebrating the firing of FBI deputy director Andrew G. McCabe, which was carried out by Attorney General Jeff Sessions two days before McCabe was set to retire. Comey's much-anticipated new book promises to tell all including overseeing the Hillary Clinton email probe, as well as the ongoing FBI investigation into whether Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership," Comey's upcoming memoir is set to be out next month and the publisher is taking extreme precautions to prevent potentially explosive revelations detailing Comey's interactions with the President from leaking. Apart from his public testimony before Congress, Comey has been disciplined in remaining virtually silent about his past interactions with the President or the developments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, even though it was the circumstances of his termination that are at the core of questions about whether the president tried to obstruct justice. The quiet before the storm is helping to build anticipation: the book is already a bestseller in three categories: politics & social sciences, law, and biography. It is, of course, expected to provide the former FBI director's first full accounting since he was fired, as well as an account of his time serving in the previous two administrations. Comey's book is landing at a particularly explosive moment for Trump, making its rollout all the more carefully controlled. That also means it could potentially turn an enraged President into the book's most effective publicist. Trump, understandably, has grown increasingly fixated on the FBI, the Justice Department and special counsel Mueller's progress. And then there's the X factor of whether Trump gets so angry that he does something rash, or takes some action, in response. All Washington watchers are waiting with bated breath for this book release.
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