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    Ex-FBI Chief Comey Says It's Not up to Trump to Put Him in Jail

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    The war of words between US President Donald Trump and former FBI director James Comey has been in high gear as the latter has been promo-ing his freshly minted book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”

    Former FBI head James Comey, now being referred to as the “leaking, lying slime ball” by the US president, said that Trump’s calls to put him in jail were “not normal” and “not ok.”

    “The president doesn’t get to decide who goes to jail. That is not normal. That is not okay. First of all, he’s just making stuff up. But more importantly, the President of the United States is calling for the imprisonment of a private citizen, as he’s done for a whole lot of people who have criticized him. That is not acceptable in this country,” Comey said in a “Good Morning America” interview.

    Social media users couldn’t stay on the sidelines of this spat, with many considering Comey an incompetent “liar” and supporting POTUS’ appeals to “lock him up”:

    Others were creative enough to come up with a batch of memes on the occasion:

    …and lashed out at Trump instead:

    Earlier, POTUS took to his favorite social platform to express his indignation over Comey’s book, which touches upon a wide range of matters, including Trump’s presidency.

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    In addition, he denounced the ex-FBI chief who claimed in congressional testimony last year that he had shared copies of classified memos about his meetings with the president with a friend so that he could leak them to reporters.

    Trump has also lashed out at fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who had authorized the release of sensitive information to reporters, misled investigators about the bureau’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation and “committed many crimes” along with Comey.

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    Comey, in turn, responded to Trump’s verbal attack in an interview with ABC News’ anchor George Stephanopoulos, suggesting that the US president was “morally unfit” to hold office.

    “I don’t buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia. He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who’s tracking conversations and knows what’s going on. I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president,” the former FBI director said.

    James Comey was forced out as FBI Director in May 2017, as Donald Trump allegedly followed recommendations by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. However, later the president insisted that he had had plans to fire Comey over the mishandling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s private server and e-mail scandal, “regardless” of any recommendation.

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