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Trump allies to attack ‘Lyin’ Comey’ in campaign tied to book tour: report

Republican allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE are planning to launch an ad campaign attacking the credibility of former FBI director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report MORE in advance of his book tour.

Speculation is high for Comey's book and tour; he is expected to address his unceremonious firing from the bureau by Trump, among other controversial issues from his term as director.

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The advertising plan, spearheaded by the Republican National Committee and approved by the White House, will brand the former top law enforcement official "Lyin' Comey" on a new website and in a series of online ads, according to CNN. The phrasing will also be included in talking points sent to Republicans nationwide.

Comey is preparing for a nation-wide publicity tour to follow the release of his memoir. 

In response, the Republican plan will provide lawmakers with arguments to counter Comey, including the claim that "attempts to smear the Trump administration are nothing more than retaliation by a disgraced former official," CNN reports. 

Digital advertisements will attempt to remind Democrats that they lost faith in Comey during the 2016 presidential race, when he closed and later reopened an official investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons remember former adviser Vernon Jordan Biden praises Vernon Jordan: He 'knew the soul of America' The parts of H.R. 1 you haven't heard about MORE over her use of a private email server while secretary of State. 

A video on the "Lyin' Comey" website, titled "Comey isn't credible — just ask Democrats," shows Democratic Party leaders, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden coronavirus relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority Some Republicans say proxy voting gives advantage to Democrats Gun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerA Biden stumble on China? First Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE (D-N.Y.), speaking on their doubts about the then-FBI director in the midst of the election.

"Comey is a liar and a leaker and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing," Republican Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel told CNN. "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."

Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership," is due out Tuesday and has already become a bestseller.

Since his firing last May, Comey has largely remained silent on the Trump administration but has signaled on Twitter that he would open up in his new book and subsequent tour.

Earlier reports had indicated that the White House would remain quiet and was not planning a countermessage to Comey's book.