Comey calls Trump ‘morally unfit to be President' in interview -

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Comey calls Trump ‘morally unfit to be President' in interview

Former FBI Director James Comey, in an interview that aired Sunday night, said President Trump is “morally unfit to be President." (RALPH ALSWANG/AP)
Former FBI Director James Comey, in an interview that aired Sunday night, said President Trump is “morally unfit to be President,” and may have “possibly” obstructed justice in the Russia investigation.
Comey, in a television interview with ABC News that aired Sunday night ahead of his high-profile book release, ratcheted up his war of words with the commander-in-chief, attacking Trump, who fired him, on everything from the polarizing Russia probe to the quality of his hair.
Comey told anchor George Stephanopoulos about a series of awkward meetings with Trump, including a White House dinner where Trump allegedly asked him for a pledge of loyalty, and another where the President allegedly asked him to back away from an investigation of a top aide.
“I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia,” Comey said. “He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on. I don't think he's medically unfit to be President. I think he's morally unfit to be President.
“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be President of the United States, on moral grounds.”
Comey said the issue goes beyond politics and Americans’ views on guns and taxes.
Comey did manage to (sort of) compliment Trump during the interview, saying the President "had impressively coifed hair."(CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS)
“There's something more important than that that should unite all of us, “Comey said. “And that is our President must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This President is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be President.”
Comey, in a preview of his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” which is being released Monday, revealed that his wife and daughter participated in the Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration.
The former FBI director also said that despite his infamous role in the outcome of the 2016 election — Comey announced an 11th-hour follow up investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails — he didn’t even vote.
“I'm trying to be outside of politics so I intentionally tried not to follow it a lot,” Comey said. “And that I shouldn't be choosing between the candidates. “
Comey also threw water on the Republican notion that the Russia probe, which began during the election, started with the infamous Steele dossier.
Comey told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos about a series of awkward meetings with the commander-in-chief. (RALPH ALSWANG/AP)
Comey said the investigation was triggered by information that Trump campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos was meeting with Russian operatives to get dirt on Clinton.
Still, the dossier gave Comey pause.
“I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth,” Comey said. “But I don't know whether the current President of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013. It's possible, but I don't know.”
What was also possible, Comey said, was that Trump may have been obstructing justice when he allegedly asked the FBI director to back off his investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Adviser.
“Was President Trump obstructing justice?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“Possibly,” Comey said. “I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice.”
Trump, before the interview aired, launched a series of preemptive strikes at Comey, calling him “slippery” and “a slimeball,” while denying that he ever asked Comey for his loyalty.
“I hardly even knew this guy,” Trump tweeted ahead of the program. “Just another of his many lies. His ‘memos’ are self serving and FAKE!”
Comey did manage a compliment of sorts, as he recalled their first meeting.
“He had impressively coifed hair,” Comey said. “It looks to be all his. I confess, I stared at it pretty closely and my reaction was, ‘It most take a heck of a lot of time in the morning, but it's impressively coifed.’”
Comey was not so impressed with the rest of the package.
“His tie was too long, as it always is,” Comey said. “He looked slightly orange up close with small white half-moons under his eyes, which I assume are from tanning googles. And otherwise looked as I had expected him to look, as I thought he looked on television.”

- ny news 

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