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Trump complains that Comey is making money off his book while Flynn’s life is ‘totally destroyed’

Former FBI director James B. Comey details his conversations with President Trump in his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” (Video: Patrick Martin, Allie Caren/The Washington Post)

President Trump took to Twitter on Friday to complain that the life of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has been “totally destroyed,” and bemoan that fired FBI director James B. Comey was making money off what Trump termed a “third rate book.”

Trump’s comments came the day after the Justice Department released redacted versions of memos that Comey composed after interactions with Trump. Among the revelations is that Trump expressed concerns about Flynn’s judgment weeks before he was forced to resign.

“So General Michael Flynn’s life can be totally destroyed while Shadey James Comey can Leak and Lie and make lots of money from a third rate book (that should never have been written),” the president tweeted. “Is that really the way life in America is supposed to work? I don’t think so!”

Trump has repeatedly taken aim at Comey — at one point calling him an “untruthful slimeball” — as the former FBI chief conducts a publicity tour to promote his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” a 304-page tell-all that portrays the president as an ego-driven congenital liar.

Trump, meanwhile, remains a defender of Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn, who was forced to resign less than a month into Trump’s presidency, is also cooperating in the ongoing probe of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.

In a Jan. 28, 2017, memo made public on Thursday, Comey said Trump castigated Flynn for not promptly scheduling a return phone call of congratulations from a foreign head of state, whose name was redacted in the memo. The Washington Post reported Friday that the head of state was Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.

Comey memo showed Trump wanted faster response to Putin call

“In telling the story, the President pointed his fingers at his head and said, ‘the guy has serious judgment issues,’ ” Comey wrote. Comey said he did not comment at the time.

Trump has disputed Comey’s accounts of their conversations.

President Trump's rage at the Russia investigation often manifests in insult-laden attacks, especially aimed at former FBI director James B. Comey. (Video: Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post, Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

In a burst of other tweets early Friday morning, Trump also said he was looking forward to serving as the commencement speaker at the U.S. Naval Academy next month and accused House Minority Leader Nancy Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of “going absolutely crazy” over Republican tax cuts.

Pelosi responded in kind, writing on Twitter: “Actually, Nancy’s been traveling across the country educating Americans about the disastrous impact this monstrosity of a treacherous scam will have.”

Trump later criticized OPEC for what he characterized as artificially inflating oil prices.