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Trump Blasts Comey for Throwing Andrew McCabe 'Under the Bus'

The tweet revealed the president's distorted view of professional relationships.

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President Donald Trump slammed former FBI Director James Comey Thursday night for supposedly throwing his former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe "under the bus."

Trump's remarks, unsurprisingly, came in the form of a tweet shortly after Comey appeared on CNN with Jake Tapper. Tapper asked Comey how he felt about a recent Inspector's General report that found that McCabe misled federal investigators about his role in a leak before the 2016 election.

"I like him very much as a person, but sometimes even good people do things they shouldn't do," Comey said of McCabe. He also noted, however, that he's not in charge of determining whether or not McCabe had violated the law.

A few hours after the broadcast, Trump tweeted:

Trump assumes that Comey having anything critical to say about McCabe is some kind of betrayal. But, as Comey points out in his new book, this is simply a display of Trump's "mob boss" mindset. In this view, you protect the people close to you, no matter what; betrayal is the gravest sin.

This is not how Comey sees the world.

Though McCabe and Comey were colleagues, they are not bound to never criticize each other or to display unfailing loyalty. In Comey's view, if McCabe violated the principles of the institution that they both sought to serve and uphold, then he should face the appropriate consequences.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.