The Republican National Committee (RNC) is sending a mascot — Lyin’ Lion Comey — to trail former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe This week: Democrats introduce sweeping police reform package Graham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over MORE on his cross-country book tour.
The lion mascot’s mission was first reported Thursday by CNN, before the GOP itself appeared to confirm the news in a tweet.
The RNC later confirmed the effort in an email to The Hill.
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Shadowing Comey: @CNN has learned the Republican campaign to discredit the former FBI director is now turning to lions, including this fury costumed creature who will be tailing Comey on his upcoming book tour. This gives new meaning to the role of tracker…. pic.twitter.com/Jgks4gtOUD
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) April 19, 2018
See you on the book tour!
– Lyin’ Lion Comeyhttps://t.co/e0LXGvBSom
— GOP (@GOP) April 19, 2018
The mascot plan is the latest in an effort by the Republican Party to discredit the former FBI director, who embarked this week on a media blitz following the release of his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”
The book recounts Comey’s time as the nation’s top cop, including his experience with the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE’s handling of classified information and his interactions with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
The book casts the president in a negative light. Comey paints the president as an unethical, self-interested leader, who is ultimately “untethered to truth.”
Ahead of the book’s release on Tuesday, the RNC launched a website, LyinComey.com, which seeks to portray the former FBI director as a dishonest political operative seeking to undermine Trump’s presidency.
Trump abruptly fired Comey in May, ostensibly for his handling of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. He later acknowledged, however, that he took the FBI’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election into consideration when he dismissed Comey.