President is ‘morally unfit’ to serve, declares Comey
James Comey accused Donald Trump of being “morally unfit” to be president and treating women like “meat” in his first television interview in support of his new book, A Higher Loyalty.
The former FBI director further described Trump as a “stain” on everyone who worked for him, according to a transcript of a five-hour interview published by ABC and first obtained by the New York Times. Yet Comey said he does not wish for Trump’s impeachment because that “would let the American people off the hook”.
A one-hour edited version of the interview with George Stephanopoulos aired on ABC News last Sunday night.
Replying to a question about whether Trump had committed an obstruction of justice, Comey said “it’s possible”. “There’s certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice,” he said. But for the president to follow through on threats to fire special counsel Robert Mueller would “set off alarm bells that this is his most serious attack yet on the rule of law”. In his book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and challenges the president’s character, honesty and commitment to public service. Comey also spoke for the first time about his immediate family’s disappointment at Hillary Clinton’s loss. He said that his four daughters and his wife, Patrice, wanted Clinton to win, and as the ABC broadcast showed pictures of them protesting Comey disclosed that they attended the Women’s March in Washington the day following Trump’s inauguration.
He responded to criticism by Clinton and others that he had cost her the election by making public a late-stage twist in an investigation of her emails. “It sucked,” he said, but added that he would make the same decision again.
Comey dismissed Trump’s denial of a different scene, in which he said Trump told him to “let go” of an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. “The president says he didn’t say that,” Stephanopoulos said. “What am I gonna do? He did,” Comey replied with a shrug.