Trump unfit for office, says Comey

Lester Mason
April 19, 2018

Trump was apparently one of his viewers - at least for awhile - as Comey described his contacts with the president and said Trump lacked the moral authority to be president.

"I think most likely it goes on".

That statement, together with Trump's later attacks on Comey and the Justice Department's Special Counsel Robert Mueller, now the head of the Russian Federation investigation, have stoked accusations by Democrats and some legal experts that Trump has sought to stifle the probe. Tuesday's interview was right after his "Good Morning America" appearance, his first live interview of his tour, during which he said it was not acceptable for the president to call for the imprisonment of private citizens. "And that's not a policy statement".

"Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country".

There have also been big changes in how the public views the Federal Bureau of Investigation - driven by a surge in Republican distrust, the poll shows.

The latest interviews produced no new revelations about Comey's interactions with President Trump before his firing, but they gave Comey a chance to respond to Trump's flurry of combative tweets about him - including the president's suggestion that Comey ought to be jailed.

On Twitter, Trump has called Comey a "slime ball", the "WORST FBI Director in history, by far!" and suggested he should be put in jail.

In a sense, Trump is falling into Comey's trap by helping him to sell his book - just as he previously did with Michael Wolff when he unloaded fire and fury on his book, "Fire and Fury".

Undeterred, the suddenly-candid Comey has been on a media tour to promote his book, which was released on April 17.

Former FBI Director James Comey revealed on Wednesday that he's left the Republican Party.

In an ABC News interview on Sunday, Comey said Trump was a unsafe and "morally unfit" leader doing "tremendous damage" to United States institutional and cultural norms.

"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".

The FBI has long tried to operate as an independent law enforcement agency. "And by the way, not that this matters, but I found his hands to be above average in size, and so I'm not making fun of the man, I'm trying to tell the reader what's in my head". I hardly even knew this guy.

Hours before the interview aired, the president went on the offensive, accusing Mr Comey of "many lies". "His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!"

US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, interviewed on NBC's Meet the Press, expressed qualified support for Comey. "Even though our relationship was becoming strained, there's no way I'm going to get fired", Comey said during the interview.

Pressed by Stephanopoulos, he'd utter them again a few seconds later: "It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely and I woulda been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't". I had to admit, look, it's possible.

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