Trump ‘morally un­fit’ for of­fice, says ex-FBI chief

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FOR­MER FBI di­rec­tor James Comey has said it is pos­si­ble that Rus­sia may have com­pro­mis­ing in­for­ma­tion on US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Mr Comey added that there is “some ev­i­dence of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice” in the pres­i­dent’s ac­tions, and that Mr Trump is “morally un­fit” for of­fice.

The ex-FBI chief’s com­ments in an ABC News in­ter­view are al­most cer­tain to es­ca­late his war of words with the pres­i­dent.

Mr Trump’s ad­viser Kellyanne Con­way ac­cused Mr Comey of ped­dling a “re­vi­sion­ist ver­sion of his­tory” and sink­ing into the “gut­ter” with petty com­ments about the size of Mr Trump’s hands and the length of his tie.

“He looked a lit­tle shaky,” Ms Con­way said of Mr Comey, on ABC’s Good Morn­ing Amer­ica.

Hours be­fore the in­ter­view was shown, the pres­i­dent, who sacked Mr Comey last year, un­leashed a Twit­ter out­burst that la­belled him “slip­pery”, sug­gested he should be put in jail and branded him “the WORST FBI Di­rec­tor in his­tory, by far!”

Mr Comey’s tele­vised re­marks, cou­pled with the re­lease of his forth­com­ing book, of­fer his ver­sion of events sur­round­ing his sack­ing and the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Rus­sian elec­tion med­dling and Hil­lary Clin­ton’s email prac­tices.

The FBI di­rec­tor, who un­til his sack­ing last May led an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble ties be­tween Rus­sia and the Trump cam­paign, ac­knowl­edged that it was “stun­ning” to think that Rus­sia could hold dam­ag­ing in­for­ma­tion about an Amer­i­can pres­i­dent.

But he said that in Mr Trump’s case, he could not dis­count the pos­si­bil­ity that the pres­i­dent had been com­pro­mised.

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