On Friday morning, “Fox New Sunday” host Chris Wallace ripped James Comey’s new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” saying he was surprised by “how bitchy the book is.”
Wallace also opined that President Trump’s tweets on Friday morning, in which he called Comey a “slimeball” and a “liar” and a “leake,r” only helped Comey sell more books, and if Trump simply ignored the book, it would “disappear within a week.”
Wallace was asked by Sandra Smith about the book. He replied:
I have to say, I haven’t seen a copy of it; I may be the only person in America who hasn’t; The New York Times has it on the front page and The Washington Post has it, and what strikes me is how little new there is in the book.
We get a lot of opinions, very unpleasant opinions of the president by James Comey, but in terms of hard facts — you know, people are talking about bombshells? There are none. Basically everything that he said, in terms of the facts of what the president did, he already has testified before a congressional committee. In fact, at one point he says while he thinks the president’s behavior may have been unethical, it may not have been illegal.
The other thing that surprises me, frankly, is how bitchy the book is. Comey goes out of his way to say the president isn’t as tall as he thought he was. He checked out the size of his hands the first time they shook hands, that he noticed that the president seemed to have little white half moons under his eyes, maybe he had sun-tanning goggles that he wore I think one could argue that by getting into the kind of political food fight that James Comey has done more damage to his own reputation than he has to President Trump’s.
Smith interjected, “One thing you left out there is the attack and comparison to being a mob boss that he made. Here’s the excerpt from the book”:
"The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth." What did you make of that comparison and that excerpt?
Again, it goes back to my original point: What you get is James Comey’s opinions. He doesn’t like Donald Trump, and he’s offended by Donald Trump, and he thinks Donald Trump is a bad guy. And yes, he does compare him to a mob boss. But in terms of real damage, people talk about bombshells, all of that is going to be like “Fire and Fury,” the Michael Wolff book. It’ll be like a Fourth of July sparkle that burns bright for a week and then just peters out. It’s not flattering to the president, but it doesn’t seem to me that opinions or comparisons or rhetoric is going to hurt the president. Facts will, and there aren’t a lot of new facts in this book.
In fact, if I were the president — I know he sent out this quite nasty tweet this morning calling him a “slimeball” and a “liar” and a “leaker”— all he’s doing is to sell books. He probably ought to be quiet; I suspect this book will disappear within a week.