White House chief of staff John Kelly called President Trump “dishonorable” and considered quitting over the way he fired former FBI director James Comey, according to a report Thursday.
Comey recounts Kelly’s emotional response to his dismissal in his forthcoming memoir, which is set to hit shelves next week, the Daily Beast reported.
The longtime lawman writes that Kelly was “sick” about the situation and “intended to quit” in protest.
Trump dumped Comey in May, later admitting that his decision was made in part because of the federal investigation into his campaign’s possible coordination with Russian looking to influence the election.
Comey learned of his firing from a television news report while he was addressing agents in California.
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Kelly, in charge of the Department of Homeland Security at the time, called Comey to commiserate and “said he didn’t want to work for dishonorable people,” according to Comey.
CNN reported last summer that Comey and Kelly spoke while the just ousted bureau chief was returning to Washington.
“John was angry and hurt by what he saw and the way (Comey) was treated,” a source told CNN at the time.
Comey’s dismissal paved the way for the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now overseeing the federal investigation into Russian election meddling and probing whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin to sway the contest in Trump’s favor.
Comey apparently compares Trump to a mob boss in a new ABC News interview that is set to air this weekend.
The interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, airing Sunday at 10 p.m. as part of a “20/20” special, is “going to shock the President and his team,” a source told Axios.
“How strange is it for you to sit here and compare the President to a mob boss?” Stephanopoulos asks the axed former bureau head in a promo released by the network.
He also asks whether Comey believes the President obstructed justice. Comey does not speak in the clip.
Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty,” is set to go on sale on Tuesday.