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Comey to Trump: Americans 'can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not'

Comey to Trump: Americans 'can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not'
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Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Trump remarks put pressure on Barr Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals MORE ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE just hours after the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeHillicon Valley: CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify before Senate | European Union police agency warns of increase in cybercrime | Twitter to remove posts hoping for Trump's death Graham officially schedules hearing on Trump's Supreme Court pick to start Oct. 12 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump eager to leave the hospital MORE, saying Americans will “judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”

“Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not,” Comey tweeted on Saturday. 

Comey is expected to use his upcoming book tour to directly rebut Trump’s attacks on the FBI.

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The book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership," is due out April 17.

Comey, who was fired by Trump last year, made the comment the day after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBiden fact checks Trump on 545 families separated at border, calls policy 'criminal' Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE fired McCabe.

Sessions said that McCabe was dismissed for not being honest with investigators and for making an unauthorized disclosure to the media.

However, McCabe said that he was authorized to share the information at the time and that he was instead fired as part of an effort to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation into ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

McCabe served as acting director of the FBI after Comey’s firing last year, which has reportedly been a key area of interest for Mueller in the probe.

The inspector general has yet to release its report of McCabe's actions but, according to The New York Times, the report focuses on disclosures McCabe made to The Wall Street Journal in 2016 and faults McCabe for not being truthful with internal investigators.

McCabe said in a statement released Friday night that he had authorization from Comey to share the information he gave to the media and that the practice continued under current FBI Director Christopher Wray, Trump's pick to lead the bureau.

“It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter,” McCabe said. “It was the type of exchange with the media that the deputy director oversees several times per week. In fact, it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request.”

Trump had celebrated McCabe’s firing on Twitter late Friday and used the opportunity to also take a shot at Comey.

“Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!” Trump tweeted. 

Trump's personal lawyer John Dowd on Saturday also said that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE should follow Session’s lead with McCabe and fire Mueller.

Updated: 3:10 p.m.