Trump ‘morally un­fit’ to be pres­i­dent: ex-FBI chief

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The United States cur­rent Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is “morally un­fit” to be the U.S. pres­i­dent, says for­mer FBI (Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion) di­rec­tor James Comey, who has re­turned to the cen­ter of at­ten­tion ahead of pub­lish­ing a mem­oir re­count­ing the con­tro­ver­sies he was in­volved in dur­ing the run-up to the 2016 U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“Our pres­i­dent must em­body re­spect and ad­here to the val­ues that are at the core of this coun­try, the most im­por­tant be­ing truth,” Comey told ABC News in an in­ter­view that was pub­lished on Sun­day Night. “This pres­i­dent is not able to do that. He is morally un­fit to be pres­i­dent.”

The for­mer FBI chief dis­missed ru­mors fly­ing around about Trump’s men­tal and phys­i­cal in­com­pe­tence to lead the White House.

“He strikes me as a per­son of above av­er­age in­tel­li­gence who’s track­ing con­ver­sa­tions and knows what’s go­ing on. I don’t think he’s med­i­cally un­fit to be pres­i­dent. I think he’s morally un­fit to be pres­i­dent,” he added.

Ac­cus­ing the Repub­li­can head of state be­ing an in­dis­crim­i­nate liar, Comey said, “some­times he’s ly­ing in ways that are ob­vi­ous, some­times he’s say­ing things that we may not know are true or false, and then there’s a spec­trum in be­tween.”

The in­ter­view was recorded last week, be­fore Comey’s up­com­ing book “A Higher Roy­alty” was leaked to the me­dia, ac­cord­ing to ABC.

The mem­oir re­volves around the two high-pro­file in­ves­ti­ga­tion that the ex-FBI chief led be­fore and af­ter the face-off be­tween Trump and his Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Democrats blame Comey’s han­dling of a probe into Clin­ton’s use of an il­le­gal email server as the main rea­son for Clin­ton’s sur­pris­ing de­feat.

Comey’s FBI also ran a con­tro­ver­sial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Trump and his team’s al­leged “col­lu­sion” with Rus­sia. The pro­longed probe, which went on to in­volve Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller, even­tu­ally prompted the pres­i­dent to kick Comey out.

“When I de­cided to just do it, I said to my­self, I said ‘you know, this Rus­sia thing with Trump and Rus­sia is a made-up story, it’s an ex­cuse by the Democrats for hav­ing lost an elec­tion that they should have won,’” Trump said in May last year, a few days af­ter fir­ing Comey.

Fol­low­ing his fir­ing, Comey wrote to Congress in a let­ter that Trump had asked him for his per­sonal roy­alty dur­ing a din­ner prior to his fol­low­ing. Trump, how­ever, re­jected the claim.

The for­mer FBI chief told ABC News that the ti­tle of his book was a di­rect ref­er­ence to that meet­ing. He also ac­cused Trump of ac­tively seek­ing to “stain” peo­ple around him.

“The chal­lenge of this pres­i­dent is that he will stain ev­ery­one around him,” he ar­gued.

He then sug­gested that Trump was afraid Rus­sians knew his se­crets.

“I think it’s pos­si­ble. I don’t know,” Comey re­sponded. “These are more words I never thought I’d ut­ter about a pres­i­dent of the United States, but it’s pos­si­ble.”

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