James Comey, the FBI director famously fired by President Trump, said on “The View” on Wednesday that there was one passage he now regrets putting in his new book, reports Lisa de Moraes at Deadline.com
It’s the paragraph in which he describes Trump. “‘If I had to do it over again, I would not put that paragraph in, because it gave people a hand hold….to attack the book,’ Comey told the Ladies of ‘The View’ of the one paragraph in which he talked about meeting Trump and observing his orange hue, his carefully coiffed hair, and making note of size when they shook hands.”
Comey’s book is titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”
Later in the article de Moraes notes that up until his appearance on “The View,” Comey was defending the paragraph. “In one of his first two interviews with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, the ex-FBI director insisted he was not trying to mock Trump, but be an author, and had in mind when he typed it his editor’s advice about drawing viewers into a scene with detail.
“On Stephen Colbert’s show Tuesday night, Comey continued to defend the paragraph, noting he also described in the book how skinny President Obama was, and described John Ashcroft’s skin color when he was in intensive care, insisting, ‘I’m not trying to make fun of Ashrcroft, or Obama or even Donald Trump.’ To Colbert’s audience, Comey introduced the ‘hand hold’ motif, speculating critics who have glommed on to his paragraph about Trump’s physical appearance likely ‘haven’t read the book and are looking to criticize the book and me. So they’re looking for a hand hold, and it’s an easy hand hold.’”