James Comey, former FBI director has said that he believes United State President Donald Trump is “morally unfit” to be president. According to statement made by the Comey, during interview with George Stephanopoulos aired Sunday night on ABC’s 20/20, he said:
“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds.” Comey also said that he can’t tell for certain if Trump is compromised by the Russians.
“It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I would have been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can’t. It’s possible,” he said.
When he was asked “if Mr. Trump obstructed justice with respect to his fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn,” he replied that “possibly.”
“I mean, it’s certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. It would depend and — and I’m just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor, it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent,” he said.
Meanwhile, Comey is new book is due for publication which he disclosed that the book title was influenced by a conversation with Mr. Trump when he was invited to dine at the White House in January 2017. The book was titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” Comey further revealed that during the course of the dinning, he was asked to pledge his loyalty to the president.
Quoting that Trump said “I need loyalty” and He responded to him that “You will always get honesty from me” Comey recollects their discussion.
When Comey was asked if he thinks Trump should be impeached, Comey did not give a clear answer, he replied that “Impeachment is — is a question of law and fact and politics. And so that’ll be determined by people gather,” further saying that “impeaching Mr. Trump would let the American people off the hook… people in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values.”
“We’ll fight about guns. We’ll fight about taxes. We’ll fight about all those other things down the road. But you cannot 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,” Comey said. “That is the core of this country. That’s our foundation. And so impeachment, in a way, would short circuit that.”
He further revealed conversing with Trump at Trump Tower Concerning allegations in the unverified dossier authored by former British spy Christopher Steele. Accounting the Trump asked him to look into claims that a so-called “pee tape” existed from 2013 showing Mr. Trump and prostituted engaging in the alleged sexual act.
“I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013,” Comey said. “It’s possible, but I don’t know.”
Donald Trump fired Comey as head of the FBI on May 9, 2017 which led to the appointment of Robert Mueller to direct a special counsel inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
In his new book which he said will be published on Tuesday, Comey described Trump’s leadership as “ego driven and about personal loyalty.” criticizing the president as “unethical, and untethered to truth” even comparing him to a mob boss. This is according to CBS News review of the book.
He also disclosed about his early assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win the election which he said was influenced by his decision to send a letter to Congress in October, just before the election, in which he revealed that new emails had surfaced that “appear to be pertinent” to the FBI’s closed investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server.
“I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been,” Comey told Stephanopoulos. “Because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump. And so I’m sure that it was a factor. Like I said, I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.”
Despite this, He told Stephanopoulos that he does not regret sending the letter. Earlier before Comey’s interview, Trump on Sunday morning tweeted about comey calling him a “slimeball” and “WORST FBI Director in history, by far,” and even disclosed that he “hardly even knew this guy.”