Comey says Trump morally unfit to be president

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"The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him", sacked former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey says in his first televised interview since being fired. While ABC only aired an hour of the interview - which ran ahead of Monday's release of Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty" - Comey and Stephanopoulos reportedly spoke for five hours.

"And I have every confidence that Jim Comey accurately copied, collected, recounted what exactly went on during those discussions", former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said.

After his time working with the president, Comey says he believes Trump is unfit for his job.

"I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don't know whether the current President of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013", Comey added. That's not a perspective, that's not a view, that's just a lie.

ABC News also has multiple excerpts from the interview here.

"It's possible that in the moment, I should - you know, another person would have said, 'Sir, you can't ask me that". Mr. Comey said he would have. Comey has said that some of the memos he wrote after meeting with Trump included classified material but that the one he passed to a friend did not.


Comey also said that he doesn't know if some salacious accusations in a controversial dossier on Trump are true.

"Our President must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country", Comey told Stephanopoulos, adding, "the most important being truth".

"Values matter. This president does not reflect the values of this country", he said of Donald Trump.

Trump and Comey traded barbs before, but Trump's Friday tweets are the first since details of Comey book have been revealed.

Comey and Stephanopoulos spoke in-depth about what makes an ethical leader, and when tough leadership becomes detrimental.

In his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee past year, Comey said he believes the President asked him to "drop any investigation of Flynn", a reference to former national security adviser Michael Flynn. He also says he thinks "it's possible" that the Russian government has information about Trump that they could be used as blackmail. "Just another of his many lies", Mr Trump said on Twitter. "In fact, though I didn't know for sure, I imagined the presidential suite of the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow was large enough for a germaphobe to be at a safe distance from the activity".


Comey is promoting a new book - and incurring Trump's wrath as he does.

James Comey's book is called A Higher Loyalty.

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. The New York Times published a full-page op-ed reminding the President he's not above the law, a reminder of how real fears of a systemic political crisis in the event Trump attempts to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing his probe.

Clinton has asserted that she would have been elected president if Comey hadn't re-opened the investigation. Trump said in a tweet.

'I hope not because 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, ' Comey said. So far, 19 people - including Flynn and Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort -have been charged in the investigation.


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