Trump ‘morally un­fit’ for of­fice, fired FBI chief says

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Fired former FBI chief James Comey lashed out at Don­ald Trump in an in­ter­view, call­ing him “morally un­fit” to be pres­i­dent and de­scrib­ing him as a se­rial liar who will “stain every­one around him.”

Comey’s re­marks are the lat­est salvo in a war of words with Trump, who ex­co­ri­ated the former FBI di­rec­tor on Twit­ter ear­lier in the day, again call­ing him a “slime­ball” and sug­gest­ing he should be jailed.

The wide-rang­ing in­ter­view with ABC News also came ahead of Tues­day’s re­lease of Comey’s mem­oir, A Higher Loy­alty: Truth, Lies and Lead­er­ship, in which he de­tails his in­ter­ac­tions with the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent.

“I think he’s morally un­fit to be pres­i­dent,” Comey said, in his first tele­vised in­ter­view since be­ing fired in May last year.

The former fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor pointed to how 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.”

“Val­ues mat­ter,” Comey said. “This pres­i­dent does not re­flect the val­ues of this coun­try.”

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, which aired an edited ver­sion of the in­ter­view but pub­lished a full tran­script.

“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?”

But while Comey sharply crit­i­cized Trump, he said he hopes the pres­i­dent is not im­peached.

“I hope not be­cause I think im­peach­ing and re­mov­ing Don­ald Trump from of­fice would let the Amer­i­can peo­ple off the hook and have some­thing hap­pen in­di­rectly that I be­lieve they’re duty bound to do di­rectly.”

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