James Comey: Trump 'morally unfit to be president'

James Comey: Trump 'morally unfit to be president'

Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it's possible the Russians have compromising information on President Donald Trump, that there is "some evidence of obstruction of justice" in the president's actions and that Trump is "morally unfit" for office.

Trump has denied that conversation, but Comey insisted that it definitely occurred. It said Trump had asked him to end the FBI's investigation into Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

So, what was there left to discuss when George Stephanopoulos of ABC News sat down with Comey for an extended interview that played out in a prime-time special on Sunday night?

Asked if the president wanted the Justice Department to investigate Comey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that she was not aware of a specific request. It would depend, and I'm just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor.

Donald Trump repeatedly hit out at Mr Comey in the lead-up to the interview, describing him as an "untruthful slime ball". "And that's fine, so long as he's able to find that truth", Comey said.

Comey: "Maybe, but if he didn't know he was doing something improper, why did he kick out the attorney general and the vice president of the United States and the leaders of the intelligence community?"

Comey has written a book to be released on Tuesday that also is highly critical of Trump.

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.

So he (and perhaps he alone) thinks Mr Trump's hair is real.

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A large man at 6-foot-8, Comey notes that he checked the president's hand size: It was "smaller than mine but did not seem unusually so".

Over the meal, Comey says he was asked to take a pledge of loyalty to the president.

Comey revealed that while he did not vote in the 2016 election saying that as the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he was "trying to be outside of politics" and there were a lot of Clinton supporters in his family. He recalled Mr. Trump asking 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. And many of his comments about the president have ignited a lot of debate.

His ongoing queasiness with the situation he found himself in remains evident, "Speaking is really bad; concealing is catastrophic. But in many ways, I feel great pressure to stay to try and protect the institution I lead".

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

"I felt like I was totally alone, that everybody hated me".

Comey in the interview stood by decisions he made regarding Clinton during the campaign - first not to prosecute and then to re-open the investigation 10 days before the election, only to close it again a day or two prior to the vote. When Stephanopoulos asked him if the decision was 'influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win, ' Comey replied: 'It must have been.

To recap: 1) The president is morally unfit.

Mr Trump's moral equivalence following the racist violence in Charlottesville. Americans should be united, he said, in the idea that "our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country".

Throughout the interview, Comey stressed the importance of telling the truth, a theme in his book.

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