Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’

Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’
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Utah Senate candidate Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention Trump administration narrows suspects in Russia bounties leak investigation: report MORE is criticizing former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHow conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed The Seila Law case: Liberty and political firing MORE's recently released memoir, saying that it reads "a bit too much like a novel."

Romney acknowledged in an interview with CNN that he hadn't read the book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership." But he said that excerpts he had seen were "disappointing" and appeared to get too much into Comey's "personal reactions."

"I haven't read it, but the excerpts that I've seen, it struck me — this isn't what I would have expected for an FBI director," Romney said on Saturday.

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"I would have expected this from a former Cabinet member, or a member of the White House staff, but somehow felt that the FBI director was more separate from those kinds of comments."

Romney also acknowledged, however, that Comey may have felt the need to take personal shots at President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE and his administration because of the White House's attacks on his character and credibility.

Comey was abruptly fired by Trump last year, ostensibly for his handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Facebook civil rights audit finds 'serious setbacks' | Facebook takes down Roger Stone-affiliated accounts, pages | State and local officials beg Congress for more elections funds OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears GOP Miami mayor does not commit to voting for Trump MORE's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. Trump later acknowledged that he had taken the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election into consideration when he dismissed Comey.

Comey is currently on a media blitz to promote his memoir, which was released last Tuesday. The book casts Trump as unethical, self-interested and "untethered to truth," and offers some personal attacks on the president's appearance.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee, was particularly critical of Trump during the 2016 presidential race, but has more recently tempered his criticism since announcing his Senate bid.

Romney, who on Saturday failed to secure the Utah Republican Party's nomination for Senate, also told CNN he is not yet ready to commit to endorsing Trump for reelection.