For­mer FBI Chief James Comey lashes out at the US Pres­i­dent in his first TV in­ter­view since be­ing fired

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For­mer FBI chief James Comey told ABC broad­cast Sun­day that US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is ‘morally un­fit’ to be pres­i­dent

Wash­ing­ton: Fired for­mer FBI chief James Comey lashed out at Don­ald Trump in an in­ter­view with ABC broad­cast Sun­day, call­ing him “morally un­fit” to be pres­i­dent and de­scrib­ing him as a se­rial liar who will “stain ev­ery­one around him.”

Comey’s re­marks are the lat­est salvo in a war of words with Trump, who ex­co­ri­ated the for­mer FBI di­rec­tor on Twit­ter ear­lier in the day, again call­ing him a “slime­ball” and sug­gest­ing he should be jailed. The in­ter­view with ABC News also came ahead of Tues­day’s re­lease of Comey’s mem­oir, “A Higher Loy­alty: Truth, Lies and Lead­er­ship,” in which he de­tails his in­ter­ac­tions with the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent.

“I think he’s morally un­fit to be pres­i­dent,” Comey said, in his first TV in­ter­view since be­ing fired in May last year. The for­mer fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor pointed to how Trump “talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat” and “lies con­stantly about mat­ters big and small and in­sists the Amer­i­can peo­ple be­lieve it.”

“Val­ues mat­ter,” Comey said. “This pres­i­dent does not re­flect the val­ues of this coun­try.”

Comey also said that serv­ing in Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion poses a se­ri­ous eth­i­cal dilemma. “The chal­lenge of this pres­i­dent is that he will stain ev­ery­one around him,” he told ABC, which aired an edited ver­sion of the in­ter­view but pub­lished a full tran­script.

“And the ques­tion is, how much stain is too much stain and how much stain even­tu­ally makes you un­able to ac­com­plish your goal of pro­tect­ing the coun­try and serv­ing the coun­try?”

But while Comey sharply crit­i­cised Trump, he said he hopes the pres­i­dent is not im­peached. “I hope not be­cause I think im­peach­ing and re­mov­ing Don­ald Trump from of­fice would let the Amer­i­can peo­ple off the hook and have some­thing hap­pen in­di­rectly that I be­lieve they’re duty bound to do di­rectly.”

In his book, Comey likens Trump to a dis­hon­est, ego­driven mob boss and says he de­manded the then FBI chief ’s per­sonal pledge of loy­alty -- a damn­ing ac­count that has in­fu­ri­ated the pres­i­dent at a mo­ment of in­ten­si­fy­ing le­gal pres­sure on other fronts.

In a tweet, Trump of­fered a mini-re­view of Comey’s mem­oir. “The big ques­tions in Comey’s badly re­viewed book aren’t an­swered like, how come he gave up Clas­si­fied In­for­ma­tion (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?”

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