James Comey describes Donald Trump as a 'stain' in long-awaited TV interview

Lester Mason
April 17, 2018

Ahead of the release of his book "A Higher Loyalty", former FBI Director James Comey said in an interview that US President Donald Trump is "morally unfit to be president".

President Donald Trump's decision to fire former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017 was later described as perhaps the "biggest mistake in modern political history" by Mr Trump's then advisor Steve Bannon.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning, expressed qualified support for Mr Comey. Grassley, who, during Comey's testimony before the committee last June, asked whether Comey had ever been an anonymous source to the media-a topic Trump hit again last month.

Trump has denied he asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States. "That I - since I was a kid, I've had a sense of confidence"; he held forth on Trump's presidential fitness: "I think he's morally unfit to be president".

"It is stunning and I wish I wasn't saying it", Comey replied, "but it's just the truth".

Having read through the transcript and watched some of the reaction, the interview leaves the same impression that Comey's book transcripts have. Asked whether Mr Comey was a man of integrity, the Republican speaker said: "As far as I know", but added that he did not know him well. "I think he is morally unfit to be president", the ex-FBI chief declared as he promoted his new tell-all book 'A Higher Loyalty, ' which is due out on Tuesday.

But Comey said he does not want to see Trump impeached.

"I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty bound to do directly".

"Impeachment, in a way, would short-circuit that", he added. This morning, USA Today published its own interview, in which Comey said numerous same things.

He said Trump's request "possibly" amounted to obstruction of justice. Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politicizing the investigation.

Trump, however, went for a "pre-emptive strike" hours before Comey spoke his mind out, accusing the latter of "many lies". He also acknowledged he had no proof that Russian Federation has dirt on Trump: "I think it's possible".

Media consultant and columnist Heidi N. Moore joked that she has "long believed you can not trust a man in a plaid sports jacket OR Chelsea boots, and Comey is wearing both", adding that (for men at least) the pull-on style is "the shoe form of smarm". CBS News has seen an early copy of the book. Trump is thus extra concerned about undermining Comey's public credibility as a bid to save his own legal and political fates.

The President and his allies have launched a forceful counterattack.

The former FBI director said he still would've sent the letter reopening the investigation into the emails before the 2016 election, even though Clinton and her team blamed it for her loss. Of the White House's statements after his firing, Comey said: "Lies, plain and simple".

Trump has said he fired Comey because of his handling of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's email practices.

Comey claims Trump, in a private meeting, had pressed him for his personal loyalty. Trump has denied saying this.

The Clinton probe was already public, Mr Comey said, whereas the FBI's examination of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation was in its early stages.

In his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee a year ago, Comey said he believes the President asked him to "drop any investigation of Flynn", a reference to former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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