James Comey has a book coming out and an accompanying "media blitz" starting Sunday-and the Republican National Committee, in turn, has its own plan to discredit the fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, according to CNN and ABC News, which have obtained copies of talking points the RNC prepared to distribute to "surrogates and allies" of President Trump.
The White House also said Trump's decision was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who at Trump's request had written a memo about Comey that was critical of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
The details of the response effort were first reported by CNN. News outlet Axios, citing a source present for the interview, says that the interview is "going to shock the president and his team" and will "add more meat to the charges swirling around Trump".
According to the source, the Comey interview left people in the room stunned.
"Are there things that you know but haven't said that could damage President Trump?" Stephanopoulos asks in the beginning of the clip.
Comey admitted a year ago that he leaked parts of his private conversations with the president to the press, using a lawyer-friend as a middle-man, in the hope that it would result in the appointment of a special counsel.
Finally, the source added, "If anyone wonders if Comey will go there, he goes there". The website's launch comes days before Comey is set to create a media sensation with a series of on-camera interviews across networks.
In an interview with ABC News' George Stephanoplous airing on Sunday, Stephanopoulos suggests that Comey compared Mr. Trump to a "mob boss".
According to Flatiron Books, Comey's book will "explore what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions".