RNC sending 'Lyin Lion' mascot to follow Comey around on book tour

RNC sending 'Lyin Lion' mascot to follow Comey around on book tour
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) is sending a mascot — Lyin' Lion Comey — to trail former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE on his cross-country book tour. 

The lion mascot's mission was first reported Thursday by CNN, before the GOP itself appeared to confirm the news in a tweet.

The RNC later confirmed the effort in an email to The Hill.

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The mascot plan is the latest in an effort by the Republican Party to discredit the former FBI director, who embarked this week on a media blitz following the release of his memoir, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership."

The book recounts Comey's time as the nation's top cop, including his experience with the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Taylor Swift says Trump is 'gaslighting the American public' MORE's handling of classified information and his interactions with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE.

The book casts the president in a negative light. Comey paints the president as an unethical, self-interested leader, who is ultimately "untethered to truth."

Ahead of the book's release on Tuesday, the RNC launched a website, LyinComey.com, which seeks to portray the former FBI director as a dishonest political operative seeking to undermine Trump's presidency.

Trump abruptly fired Comey in May, ostensibly for his handling of the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. He later acknowledged, however, that he took the FBI's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election into consideration when he dismissed Comey.