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

Republican allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE are planning to launch an ad campaign attacking the credibility of former FBI director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFormer FBI lawyer speaks with House lawmakers on Rosenstein, 2016 Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure McGahn departs as White House counsel 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 ClintonSanders thanks Iowa voters for giving momentum to progressive agenda Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Arizona newspaper backs Democrat in dead heat Senate race 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiGOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Ex-lawmaker urges Americans to publicly confront officials Pelosi heckled by Miami Republicans, Proud Boys at campaign event MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' 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.