Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Ex-FBI chief says Trump 'morally unfit to be president'

Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership", will be released on Tuesday.

Mr Comey also defended his decision to publicly disclose the FBI's re-opening of its investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's handling of email when she was secretary of state.

But Comey said he does not want to see Trump impeached. "I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice". "Comey comes along and says, 'This reminds me of prosecuting the mob and essentially a mob boss that I'm having to deal with'".

Trump has denied he asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Despite his myriad of reservations about Mr Trump, Comey told ABC News that he did not believe the U.S. Congress should impeach him, as it would let the American people "off the hook" for something "they're duty bound to do directly".

Comey claims Trump, in a private meeting, had pressed him for his personal loyalty.

Trump has denied asking Comey to stop investigating Flynn and insisted he never asked for loyalty. "The president is confounded that this person is always able to divert the spotlight to him", White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with ABC News on Monday. "I remember thinking, 'How could your wife think there's a 1 per cent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?' " he said, adding that his assessment was it's possible Trump is guilty of the accusation.

The assertion that Trump demanded loyalty was "another of his many lies", Trump tweeted. "His memos are self serving and FAKE!" he said.

He later said, though, that he did not believe Rosenstein would fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller if ordered by Trump to do so, and that Rosenstein "has an opportunity in overseeing Bob Mueller to restore some of his professional reputation". So far, 19 people - including Flynn and Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort -have been charged in the investigation. Of the White House's statements after his firing, Comey said: "Lies, plain and simple". "It's possible, but I don't know". He may conclude that there is nothing that touches President Trump or any of his senior people. "Don't even blink, '" Comey said.

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JAMES COMEY: My impression was he looked exactly like he did on television, except he looked shorter to me than he did on television, but otherwise exactly the same. "It's possible, but I don't know".

In an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday night, Comey says he doesn't think Trump is medically unfit, dismissing those who question his mental state.

Comey said they should have conveyed that what she did was more than just an ordinary mistake, but was not criminal behaviour. "He lied to Congress", she said.

"People who tell themselves, "Well, yes, Donald Trump is unethical but I'm getting the right Supreme Court justice or the right regulatory rollback" are kidding themselves because if we lose that tether to the truth, if that stops being the norm at the heart of our public life, what are we?"

"He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on".

Trump shot back angrily on Twitter.

"In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job".

Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it's possible that President Donald Trump might be compromised by the Russians. The president has called him a "liar and a leaker".

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