The RNC plan, which was approved by the White House, attempts to portray Comey as a man simply out for himself. The network has already released a teaser of one exchange, in which Stephanopoulos suggests that Comey likened Trump to a "mob boss".
Mr. Comey begins a national tour next week in support of his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership". Among other things, the GOP is producing digital ads with titles such as "Comey isn't credible - just ask Democrats".
Hillary Clinton's poll numbers plummeted after Mr. Comey's October surprise, which left her campaign virtually defenseless as F.B.I. agents reviewed her email messages. His decision to share the information with lawmakers triggered a firestorm of criticism due to the agency's longstanding habit of staying mum on active criminal investigations. The opposition research website targets Comey directly with charges like accusations that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director is portraying "himself as an innocent victim fired by President Trump" and that "James Comey wants to portray himself as a non-partisan, by-the-book Boy Scout rather than a politically motivated Washington insider".
Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement that Comey is "a liar and a leaker, and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing".
But some Republicans have abstained from publicly criticizing Comey before his book tour. Sen.
The political contradictions surrounding Comey are underscored by how such a central part of the Republican plan is built around reminding Americans of how Democrats had disdain for him, particularly those from the Clinton campaign. But they rallied around him after Trump's firing, stressing the importance of the Russian Federation probe.
But, sheesh, how many times has Kelly threatened to quit?