Trump rages af­ter Comey says he’s ‘morally un­fit’ for of­fice

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WASH­ING­TON: Don­ald Trump fired back yes­ter­day at James Comey, say­ing he is guilty of “many crimes,” as the for­mer FBI di­rec­tor opened a book tour with an in­ter­view in which he la­belled the US pres­i­dent “morally un­fit” for of­fice. Trump ac­cused Comey of ly­ing to Congress and ex­on­er­at­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton in a 2016 in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause of her strong poll num­bers in the pres­i­den­tial race. “Comey drafted the Crooked Hil­lary ex­on­er­a­tion long be­fore he talked to her (lied in Congress to Se­na­tor G),” Trump fired in an early morn­ing tweet. “Then based his de­ci­sions on her poll num­bers. Dis­grun­tled, he, [for­mer FBI deputy di­rec­tor An­drew] McCabe, and the oth­ers, com­mit­ted many crimes!”

Late Sun­day, Comey launched a pub­lic­ity tour for his new mem­oir, “A Higher Loy­alty: Truth, Lies and Lead­er­ship,” with an ABC tele­vi­sion in­ter­view in which he branded Trump a se­rial liar who will “stain ev­ery­one around him.” Comey’s book, which leaked out last week ahead of its of­fi­cial re­lease to­day, takes on the pres­i­dent who fired him in May 2017 over the trou­bling Rus­sia elec­tion med­dling in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a probe that poses a deep threat to Trump’s 15-month-old pres­i­dency.

Comey is sched­ule to give in­ter­views on the book to ma­jor tele­vi­sion net­works this week and travel to a dozen cities to pro­mote the book in per­son. “I think he’s morally un­fit to be pres­i­dent,” Comey told ABC. 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.” 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. “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?”

Trump and the Repub­li­cans have sought to sti­fle the im­pact of his book by ac­cus­ing Comey of leak­ing clas­si­fied ma­te­ri­als and of cor­ruptly han­dling the 2016 in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Clin­ton. The Repub­li­can Party set up a web­site to at­tack the book, brand­ing him “Lyin’ Comey”. Trump called Comey an “un­truth­ful slime ball” and said it was his “great honor” to fire the veteran Jus­tice Depart­ment pros­e­cu­tor. “Slip­pery James Comey, a man who al­ways ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Di­rec­tor in his­tory, by far!” Trump said Sun­day. — AFP

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