Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Why James Comey doesn't think Donald Trump should be impeached

Why James Comey doesn't think Donald Trump should be impeached

Former FBI director James Comey has said it is possible that Russian Federation may have compromising information on United States president Donald Trump.

Comey said that Trump was "morally unfit" to be president in an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday night.

"This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values", Comey says in the book, according to a New York Times review.

Recounting a key section of his book, Comey said that in a meeting in February 2017, Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn, who had recently resigned as his national security adviser.

Comey, who ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly four years, portrays the president in the book as a liar, dumb and rude, and he compares elements of Trump's behaviour to that of a Mafia boss.

In the same 8:25 a.m. tweet, Trump also said that Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and "the others" had "committed many crimes".

He said Comey threw former attorney general Loretta Lynch "under the bus", an allusion to Comey's having criticized Lynch in the memoir for suggesting that he refer to an investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state as only a "matter".

Former FBI special agent and 25-year veteran Jack Garcia was particularly scathing after Comey's interview.

Still, he says it strikes him as unlikely, but something that he can't say without high confidence. The former executive assistant director noted that to him it showed that Comey felt so strongly that Trump is unfit for office that he was willing to break the usual norms of conduct for a former FBI Director.

In the interview excerpt released Saturday, Comey said he did not remember "consciously thinking" about the election results as he made a decision to disclose that the FBI had reopened its investigation into candidate Clinton's email use.

After confirming the Federal Bureau of Investigation found no manipulation of vote count, Comey said he was surprised when the briefing turned to a "PR conversation".

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, said on Fox News Channel on Sunday that Comey was "out for reveng" against Trump. Put simply, Comey thinks Trump is a bad person. Clinton herself has pointed to Comey's actions in explaining her presidential election loss. "It's possible." However, Comey said he was against the idea of Trump being impeached and removed from office "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" - that is, vote Trump out of office.

"He looked slightly orange up close", said Comey.

Stephanopoulos asked "Why is President Trump so reluctant to call out Vladimir Putin?".

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. He'll no doubt sell a lot of books to them even if they're still secretly stewing that he lost Hillary Clinton the election with his late-game announcement about her investigation.

"I started to tell him about the allegation was that he had been involved with prostitutes in a hotel in Moscow in 2013", Comey says in the clip. Comey: "It is stunning and I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's just - it's the truth". "He was very emotional and said he had seen the news and that he meant to resign because he wouldn't work for people who would treat someone like me in such a dishonorable way and that he was gonna quit".

But that wasn't Trump's only complaint over a book that appeared to agitate him and those in the White House last week after members of the media obtained unreleased copies of the book.

"I think it's possible, I don't know".

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