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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.

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