The Republican National Committee (RNC) is sending a mascot — Lyin' Lion Comey — to trail former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April 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.
Shadowing Comey: @CNN has learned the Republican campaign to discredit the former FBI director is now turning to lions, including this fury costumed creature who will be tailing Comey on his upcoming book tour. This gives new meaning to the role of tracker.... pic.twitter.com/Jgks4gtOUD— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) April 19, 2018
See you on the book tour!— GOP (@GOP) April 19, 2018
- Lyin’ Lion Comeyhttps://t.co/e0LXGvBSom
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 ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE's handling of classified information and his interactions with President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response 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.