Obama ethics chief: Comey could sue Trump for libel and might win

Obama ethics chief: Comey could sue Trump for libel and might win
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The top White House ethics lawyer under President Obama said he believes former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyIntelligence officials showed Trump classified proof Putin ordered election interference: report FBI director says Russian influence efforts are ‘very active’ Ex-Clinton press secretary Fallon rejects Comey endorsement of Democrats in midterms MORE could sue President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE for libel.

The comments come as the president continues to lash out at Comey after the former FBI director denounced Trump during a scathing interview with ABC News.

"This false, malicious accusation of criminal conduct is libel per se by Trump. @Comey could sue—& might win," Norm Eisen tweeted Monday.

"Despite absolute official immunity, open legal question whether defamation using personal Twitter may be outside its scope. See Nixon v Fitzgerald."

Trump has been going on the attack against Comey in the run up to the release of Comey's memoir, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," on Tuesday

On Monday, Trump tweeted that Comey drafted an exoneration of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState Dept: Russia’s allegations about American citizens ‘absolutely absurd’ Trump on possible sit-down with Mueller: 'I've always wanted to do an interview' Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE before he spoke with her in the investigation into her use of a private email server while secretary of State. He also accused Comey of committing many crimes.

"Comey drafted the Crooked Hillary exoneration long before he talked to her (lied in Congress to Senator G), then based his decisions on her poll numbers. Disgruntled, he, McCabe, and the others, committed many crimes!" Trump tweeted.

Trump has repeatedly accused Comey of lying to Congress during the former FBI director's dramatic testimony last year, when he detailed meetings in which the president allegedly asked for his loyalty and requested that he "let it go" in reference to an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Over the weekend, the president referred to Comey as a "slimeball" and said he will go down as the worst FBI director in history.

During the interview that aired Sunday on ABC News's "20/20," Comey said he thinks it is possible Trump is compromised by Russia.

He also said there is "certainly some evidence" Trump obstructed justice when asked about the investigation into Flynn.