Trump 'morally unfit' for office, says fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Comey

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Excerpts from Comey's book paint Trump as someone who is "unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values", according to ABC. Many believe his reopening of the FBI's inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as Secretary of State barely a week before the election, while making no mention of the active inquiry into Mr Trump and Russian Federation, swung the election to Mr Trump.

When asked if he thinks Trump is unfit for office, Comey was quick to say yes - because he sees Trump as "morally unfit".

"I think it's possible".

Late Sunday, Comey launched a publicity tour for his new memoir, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", with an ABC television interview in which he branded Trump a serial liar who will "stain everyone around him". "I just thought it was a weird enough experience for me to be talking to the incoming president of the United States about prostitutes in a hotel in Moscow".

Comey also said he believed that Trump was “morally unfit” to be president and that he treated women like “pieces of meat.”. "Donald Trump's presidency threatens much of what is good in this nation", Comey writes. This President is not able to do that.

"He is morally unfit to be president", he added.

Trump has repeatedly suggested that the President's office is above the law by indicating that since he was elected, everything he does is kosher and he can not be held to the same standards as ordinary people.

A little after 9 a.m. Sunday (early Monday NZ time), Trump returned his focus to Comey.

While Comey's criticism of the president, both in interviews and in his book, has been withering, so too has the White House's response.

"This guy swung an election", Conway said.

Yes: There is nothing seismic about the revelations in the book, according to the "takeaways" and book reviews.

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

In fact, Trump has struggled to find lawyers to handle Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential coordination with Trump's campaign, and investigators in NY say they took Cohen's materials in the Monday raid because his communications with clients could be part of the commission of a crime.

All of this while the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director before him, Robert Mueller, takes on the role of special counsel investigating possible meddling by Russians in the 2016 election. The FBI was also interested in Carter Page, another adviser.

Mr Comey is now a crucial witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Mr Trump has tried to obstruct the Russian Federation probe. He also said that Trump told him during a private White House dinner in January 2017, "I need loyalty".

Comey spent an hour taking various political shots at Trump- even insinuating the president may have obstructed justice with his firing.

"Usually you don't have anybody in the FBI talking about ongoing investigations", Anderson said, adding that "if Jim says something in one interview, then says something in his book thats different, then gives a different version of it in another interview, and they use him as a witness which I'm sure they will, then that could become a problem" for the Russian Federation investigation.

He said Trump's request "possibly" amounted to obstruction of justice. And he added there is, in his words, "some evidence of obstruction of justice". "It would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent". We'll fight about all those other things down the road.

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