Washington:Former FBI Director James Comey in his first exclusive interview since he was sacked last May said Donald Trump is "morally unfit" to be the President of the US. He also acknowledged he had no proof that Russian Federation has dirt on Trump: "I think it's possible". Comey said in the interview that Trump is "morally unfit" for office.
All that's plausible. But notice what Comey told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News on Sunday - that he would not favor impeaching Trump because it "would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty-bound to do directly" through elections.
"I was a bit disappointed and unsettled by that interview that I saw last night", Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Charlie Dent shared.
He seized on an excerpt shown Saturday in which Comey said his belief that Clinton would beat Trump in the 2016 presidential election was probably a factor in his decision to disclose the investigation into her emails.
"The president is not a king but a citizen, deserving of the presumption of innocence and other protections, yet also vulnerable to lawful scrutiny", the editorial said. He considered that "the most important thing" in a president is that he tell the truth and that Trump "is not qualified for that". This President is not able to do that.
"I think he's morally unfit to be president".
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, whom Trump fired last spring, has been a frequent target of Trump's criticism, especially in recent days amid the start of a publicity tour for Comey's book, which was released Tuesday. After facing widespread backlash at the time, Trump apologized for comments he made on the recording - in which he bragged about sexually assaulting women and "grabbing them by the p-y" - but went on to repeatedly dismiss them as "locker room talk".
Trump called Comey an "untruthful slime ball" and said it was his "great honor" to fire the veteran Justice Department prosecutor.
"This guy swung an election", Conway said. "This is somebody who's not under oath in interviews and writing a book".
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On the face of it then, Comey's book should pose quite a threat to the reputation of a President still embroiled in the Russian Federation investigation, and scandals involving women allegedly paid off to keep quiet about affairs. Now James Comey, the former FBI Director whose abrupt firing by Trump helped launch the Mueller inquiry, is no longer holding back his opinions on the President's behavior.
Much of Comey's version of his interactions with Trump regarding Russian Federation came out during his congressional testimony a year ago.
He said that he believes there is "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice". We'll fight about all those other things down the road.
Comey told Congress earlier that he and the president spoke about Flynn in private. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. "It's possible, but I don't know". But he said that in Trump's case, he could not discount the possibility that the president had been compromised. "I'm going to use my book in the class and I'm going to buy it for the students, because I'm not going to be one of those professors". "Nobody gets out alive"'. "It's possible, but I don't know". For Lynch to do it "would do corrosive damage to the institutions of justice".
In July of 2016, Comey announced that he wasn't recommending charges against Clinton, but stated that Clinton and her aides were "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information. Comey said, "I think it's possible". He's part of the family now. I don't recall seeing him laugh, ever. "I can do something now", he said.
The ex-FBI chief's comments in an ABC News interview are nearly certain to escalate his war of words with the president.
Those events have been well documented by Comey and the news media, but that doesn't mean the book won't make news.
Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!
Even liberals who will never forgive Comey for his actions during the election don't think he's dishonest.