Fired FBI director Comey says Trump 'morally unfit'

Fired FBI director Comey says Trump 'morally unfit'

President Trump fired off a fresh barrage of tweets against former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday, continuing his assault on the man he fired ahead of the release of Comey's explosive new memoir.

Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he met with Obama shortly after Trump was elected.

Possibly maybe. More importantly, he now looks like a guy who needs an impeachment lawyer. "This president is not able to do that".

The president also seemed to be responding to the FBI raid on and court-authorized search of the office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who authorities said has been under criminal investigation for months.

"You would think that in private, talking to the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, whose job it is to thwart Russian attacks, you might acknowledge that this enemy of ours is an enemy of ours", Comey said.

Although James Comey is not the first person to make the allegation, he's certainly one of the most prominent.

"That's stunning", Stephanopoulos replied.

Trump's tirade came in response to news stories on Thursday (Friday NZT) on leaked copies of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, a 304-page tell-all by Comey that describes Trump's presidency as a "forest fire" and portrays the president as an ego-driven congenital liar.

Stephanopoulos asked if it was possible that the Russians "have something on Donald Trump". And Trump said Comey's handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state would "go down as one of the worst "botch jobs" of history".

Mr Comey is now promoting his new tell-all book, A Higher Loyalty, which is reportedly very critical of Mr Trump.

"I'm not trying to that, by the way, suggest that President Trump is out breaking legs and, you know, shaking down shopkeepers", Comey said, according to the ABC transcript.

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"I think it is [dangerous]", Comey told Stephanopoulos.

"I think it's possible, I don't know", he said.

Comey's assertion that Trump demanded loyalty was "another of his many lies".

"People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values", he said. "Is Donald Trump unfit to be president?"

Two days later, on Sunday morning, Trump again lashed out at Comey on Twitter.

Comey, fired by Trump in May a year ago, was anxious the president may be open to blackmail by Russian Federation given claims he was present when prostitutes urinated on each other during a 2013 Moscow visit.

He added that United States citizens need to "fight" for American values, and that "impeachment, in a way, would short-circuit that".

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.

Trump's firing of Comey set off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Comey acknowledged in the ABC interview that his belief that Clinton would be elected president "was a factor" in his decision to reopen the email probe 11 days before the United States election, a development that Clinton blames for her surprise defeat. And so I left that part out, ' Comey said, referring to the most salacious pieces of the unverified allegations. The polls swung considerably against Hillary Clinton after Comey's October 28 announcement, and didn't recover when he declared two days before the election that the investigation hadn't actually turned up anything incriminating about her.

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