Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Comey says Trump 'morally unfit' for office

Comey says Trump 'morally unfit' for office

President Trump fired off a fresh barrage of tweets against former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday, continuing his assault on the man he fired ahead of the release of Comey's explosive new memoir.

Eventually, he said, his assistant, Althea James, sent him a scanned copy of the letter outlining Trump's decision to fire Comey.

If ABC News' Sunday night special about James Comey felt condensed, that's because almost five hours of interview was compressed into an hour-long program.

The Twitter spat comes as an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos is set to air on Sunday night, in which Comey will discuss details from his new book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership," which goes on sale Tuesday. "I'm about to meet with a person who doesn't know me, who has just been elected the president of the United States. and I'm about to talk to him about allegations that he was involved with prostitutes in Moscow and that the Russians taped it and have leverage over him". So I was now as far away as physically possible, without going out the window, from the president.

"I mean, I don't know whether it was weird for President-elect Trump, but I- it was nearly an out-of-body experience for me", Comey said of his meeting with then-president-elect Trump.

Sanders is accusing Comey of leaking classified information and breaking his "sacred trust with the president of the United States, the dedicated agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the American people".

Those days leading up to the election "sucked", Mr. Comey said.

Excerpts of the book released last week paint a devastating portrait of the president as a congenital liar and an unethical leader.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 48 per cent of the public has more trust in Comey than Trump at 32 per cent.

Trump fired Comey last May when Comey was in charge of the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and potential connections to the Trump campaign.

Comey said he doesn't "buy" into speculation that Trump is "medically unfit" to be president, but rather condemned the president's ethics largely due to his handling of Charlottesville and, as Comey put it, his treatment of women "like they're pieces of meat".

"I'm walking forward thinking, 'How could he think this is a good idea?' That he's going to try to hug me, the guy that a whole lot of people think, although that's not true, but think I tried to get him elected president and did".

"I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty".

Asked whether he believed Trump ought to be impeached, Comey said that was a political and legal question.

Comey says Steele's track record was why he felt it "was important that we try to understand [the dossier], and see what could we verify, what could we rule in or rule out".

He added: "But you can not have, as president of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values that I believe Republicans treasure and Democrats treasure and Independents treasure". He believes Americans are "duty bound" to "go to the voting booth and vote their values".

Trump finally saw Comey and called him forward, a walk which Comey described as feeling "like a thousand yards".

"The goal was - and one of the mistakes I made - is I don't know what it would be". His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!'

Trump attacked him on Twitter.

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

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