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

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WASH­ING­TON DC: Don­ald Trump is "morally un­fit" to be pres­i­dent, for­mer FBI chief James Comey as­serted on Mon­day as he claimed "it's pos­si­ble" that Moscow may have in­for­ma­tion on him that could be used to com­pro­mise him.

Comey, who was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously fired by the US pres­i­dent in May last year, in a wide-rang­ing in­ter­view to ABC News also warned that if Trump ever tries to sack spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller, then it would be his "most se­ri­ous at­tack yet on the rule of law" and caus­ing "tremen­dous dam­age" to the coun­try's in­sti­tu­tions.

Mueller is in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­leged Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 US elec­tion and any po­ten­tial ties be­tween Trump cam­paign and Rus­sia. Trump has re­peat­edly called the in­ves­ti­ga­tion a witch hunt and de­nied any col­lu­sion.

The for­mer Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion di­rec­tor's blunt com­ments came as the 57-year-old lawyer kicked off a high-pro­file tour to pro­mote the re­lease of his new book, "A Higher Loy­alty."

Asked if he thinks the Pres­i­dent has been com­pro­mised by the Rus­sians, Comey said, "I think it's pos­si­ble, I don't know," Comey said.

"I wish I wasn't say­ing it, but it's the truth. It al­ways struck me, and still strikes me, as un­likely, and I would have been able to say with high con­fi­dence about any other pres­i­dent I dealt with, but I can't, it's pos­si­ble," he said.

Comey ex­panded on that state­ment in an in­ter­view USA On Mon­day pub­lished on Mon­day.

"There's a non-zero pos­si­bil­ity that the Rus­sians have some, some sway over him that is rooted in his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, and I don't know whether that's the busi­ness about the ac­tiv­ity in a Moscow ho­tel room or fi­nances or some­thing else," Comey said.

Trump, 71, has said the" badly re­viewed book" raises "big ques­tions". He also sug­gested Comey should be im­pris­oned, and in re­cent days be­gan re­fer­ring to him as a "slime ball".

In the ABC News in­ter­view, Comey of­fered a scathing judg­ment about whether Trump is qual­i­fied to serve as pres­i­dent, say­ing that he be­lieves Trump is "morally un­fit" to serve in the na­tion's high­est of­fice.

Comey also said, "I don't buy this stuff about him be­ing men­tally in­com­pe­tent or early stages of de­men­tia."

"I don't think he's med­i­cally un­fit to be pres­i­dent. I think he's morally un­fit to be pres­i­dent.

"Our pres­i­dent must em­body re­spect and ad­here to the val­ues that are at the core of this coun­try. The most im­por­tant be­ing truth. This pres­i­dent is not able to do that," Comey said.

The for­mer FBI di­rec­tor went on to say that a per­son "who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies, con­stantly, about mat­ters big and small, and in­sists that the Amer­i­can peo­ple be­lieve it -- that per­son is not fit to be pres­i­dent of the United States on moral grounds."

Dur­ing the in­ter­view, Comey re­peated his as­ser­tion that Trump told him that he ex­pected loy­alty and pres­sured him to drop an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Michael Flynn, the for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser.

Flynn has since pleaded guilty to ly­ing to the FBI and is now co­op­er­at­ing with the spe­cial coun­sel.

When asked "was Pres­i­dent Trump ob­struct­ing jus­tice?" Comey re­sponded, "Pos­si­bly. It's cer­tainly some ev­i­dence of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice."

Trump has de­nied ask­ing Comey to stop in­ves­ti­gat­ing Flynn and in­sisted he never asked for loy­alty. WASH­ING­TON DC: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said on Mon­day that all lawyers are now "de­flated and con­cerned" by the FBI raid on his per­sonal at­tor­ney Michael Co­hen, who is under crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion for per­sonal busi­ness deal­ings.

"At­tor­ney Client priv­i­lege is now a thing of the past," he tweeted.

"I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are prob­a­bly won­der­ing when their of­fices, and even homes, are go­ing to be raided with ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing their phones and com­put­ers, taken. All lawyers are de­flated and con­cerned!"

The raid car­ried out last Mon­day at Co­hen's apart­ment, ho­tel room, of­fice and safety de­posit box sought bank records, records on Co­hen's deal­ing in the taxi in­dus­try, Co­hen's com­mu­ni­ca­tions with the Trump cam­paign and in­for­ma­tion on pay­ments he made in 2016 to for­mer Play­boy model Karen Mcdou­gal and to porn ac­tress Stormy Daniels, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

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