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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 12:42 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 12:42 AM (IST)

Trump morally unfit to be Prez: Ex-FBI chief Comey

Says Russians ‘have something on Trump’, may be entrapping him
Trump morally unfit to be Prez: Ex-FBI chief Comey
James Comey and Donald Trump

Washington, April 16

Donald Trump is “morally unfit” to be President, former FBI chief James Comey asserted on Sunday as he claimed “it’s possible” that Moscow may have information on him that could be used to compromise him.

Comey, who was unceremoniously fired by Trump in May last year, in a wide-ranging interview to ABC News also warned that if Trump ever tries to sack special counsel Robert Mueller, then it would be his “most serious attack yet on the rule of law” and causing “tremendous damage” to the country’s institutions.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election and any potential ties between Trump campaign and Russia. Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a witch hunt and denied any collusion.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director’s blunt comments came as he kicked off a high-profile tour to promote the release of his new book, A Higher Loyalty. Asked if he thinks the president has been compromised by the Russians, Comey said, “I think it’s possible, I don’t know,” Comey said.

“I wish I wasn’t saying it, but it’s the truth. 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.

“There’s a non-zero possibility that the Russians have some, some sway over him that is rooted in his personal experience, and I don’t know whether that’s the business about the activity in a Moscow hotel room or finances or something else,” Comey said.

Trump, 71, has said the “badly reviewed book” raises “big questions”. He also suggested Comey should be imprisoned, and in recent days began referring to him as a “slime ball”.

In the ABC News interview, Comey said, “I don’t buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia.” “I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president.”

During the interview, Comey repeated his assertion that Trump told him that he expected loyalty and pressured him to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.

“Our President must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that,” Comey said.

When asked “was President Trump obstructing justice?” Comey responded, “Possibly. It’s certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice.” Trump has denied asking Comey to stop investigating Flynn and insisted he never asked for loyalty.

When Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last year, he said that he did not know if Trump obstructed justice, adding, “that’s Bob Mueller’s job to sort that out.” In his book, Comey deferred to the Mueller investigation on the question of obstruction.

After the interview aired, Trump’s party — via the Republican National Committee — released a statement saying Come’y’s publicity tour for his new book showed “his true higher loyalty is to himself”. Comey served as the seventh director of the FBI from September 4, 2013, until he was fired on May 9, 2017. —PTI 

‘The worst FBI Director in history’

Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far! Donald Trump, US President

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