TRUMP A ‘MORALLY UNFIT’ LEADER, SAYS EX-FBI BOSS
US president Donald Trump, his White House staff and the Republican National Committee (RNC) escalated their attacks on Monday against the former director of the federal bureau of investigation (FBI) who called Trump a “morally unfit” leader in an interview. James Comey, who was fired by Trump last year amid an FBI investigation of possible ties between Russia’s meddling in the US election and Trump’s 2016 campaign, made his comments in an interview with ABC News on Sunday, saying Trump may be vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. Comey said in the interview that it is “possible, but I don't know” whether Russiahas evidence to back up the allegations about Trump's Moscow trip. “A person who talks about and treats women like they are 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. And that’s not a policy statement,” Comey said. Comey has written a book to be released on Tuesday that also is highly critical of Trump. During the weekend the president had tweeted that Comey was a “slimeball,” “a leaker & liar” and a terrible FBI director. On Monday, he returned to Twitter to accuse Comey and “others” of committing “many crimes.” Trump provided no evidence of a crime and Comey has not been accused of wrongdoing by legal authorities. He may be a witness for any charges of obstruction of justice under consideration by US special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating connections between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Both Moscow, Trump and the White House deny any wrongdoing. Trump’s latest Twitter broadside was part of a series of attacks by Republicans and the White House against Comey, who they have attempted to discredit and paint as a disgruntled employee.