Comey says Trump morally unfit to be president — The Latest

Then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill

Then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill

Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks Donald Trump is morally unfit to be president.

Macmillan, the publishing house behind the book, has ordered an initial print run of 850,000 copies, expecting super-charged sales.

Comey responded: "Yes. But not in the way I often hear people talk about it. I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia". But at the urging of his new national security adviser, John Bolton, Trump scrapped the trip to remain at home.

On Sunday, Trump's envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, insisted the President had spent the week focused on foreign policy, demurring on questions about the Sunday morning broadside against Comey.

The jumble of references appeared to allude to unsubstantiated accusations Mr Trump has previously made claiming Mr Comey lied in Senate testimony last May in denying he had served as an anonymous news source. Trump tweets: "It was my great honor to fire him". Then the conversation turned to the loss more than two decades ago of his infant son, Collin Edward Comey, to a treatable infection that a doctor and a hospital failed to diagnose.

"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". Mueller's probe has expanded to include whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey.

Comey is promoting a new book - and incurring Trump's wrath as he does. Top White House aides also criticized the fired FBI director on Friday.

Comey said he grew more wary when the chyron eventually changed to reflect that he had been fired.

"Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe", Mr Trump said.

"The audience could see my face change", he said.

It was a test page of insults and rebuttals, a see-what-sticks strategy for a President who finds himself under increasing siege amid multiple investigations and legal battles.

And White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey "has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntled ex-employee". But he says he believes he did the right thing by going before the cameras and making his statement, noting that the Justice Department had done so in other high profile cases.

"It is stunning and I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's the truth".

"Look, it's been very clear that James Comey is a self-admitted leaker".

Asked if the president wanted the Justice Department to investigate Mr Comey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was not aware of a specific request.

Comey was fired by the President last year in the midst of the FBI's investigation into whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

Mr Comey also said that serving in Mr Trump's administration poses a serious ethical dilemma.

The White House had developed a plan alongside the Republican National Committee to rebut the claims in Comey's book and impugn Comey's character, including launching a "Lyin' Comey" website and distributing talking points to surrogates.

In another tweet, the president offered a mini-review of Mr Comey's memoir.

James Comey blinked back tears.

After Clapper briefed the team on the intelligence community's findings of Russian election interference, Comey writes, he was taken aback by what the Trump team didn't ask.

Comey said his first thought while reading the letter was, "That's crazy". Instead, he writes, they launched into a strategy session about how to "spin what we'd just told them" for the public.

Comey revealed that while he did not vote in the 2016 election saying that as the FBI director he was "trying to be outside of politics" and there were a lot of Clinton supporters in his family.