Former FBI Director James Comey Says Trump "Morally Unfit" To Be President

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He also compares the President to one of the ego-driven mafia bosses he took on when he worked as a lawyer. Many believe his reopening of the FBI's inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as Secretary of State barely a week before the election, while making no mention of the active inquiry into Mr Trump and Russian Federation, swung the election to Mr Trump.

Friday, Trump described Comey as a "LEAKER & LIAR" who "should be prosecuted".

"I don't think he's medically unfit to be president". When Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee previous year, he said that he did not know if Trump obstructed justice, adding, "that's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out".

When Stephanopoulos asked Comey, "was President Trump obstructing justice?"

Conservatives, on the other hand, lashed out over his interaction with Trump, with the president tweeting out on April 16.

But despite his attacks, Comey said impeaching Trump would 'let the American people off the hook, ' and said the only just way to get Trump out was to do so in the voting booth.

Mr Trump fired Mr Comey last May, while the FBI was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the United States presidential elections in 2016.

But Mr Comey's final judgement of Mr Trump was expressed in those moral terms, and was devastating.

Comey's morality-based contempt for Trump appears so strong that he wondered aloud, in the interview: "Where are we as a country?"

Comey's account lands at a particularly sensitive moment for Trump and the White House.

In the interview excerpt released Saturday, Comey said he did not remember "consciously thinking" about the election results as he made a decision to disclose that the FBI had reopened its investigation into candidate Clinton's email use.

In a clip released Sunday, Comey details how he felt telling Congress the Federal Bureau of Investigation was reviewing additional Clinton emails just days before the election.

She says she rose above politics throughout the email investigation, and never discussed it with anyone from the Clinton campaign or the Democratic National Committee. There is no indication he is under investigation for doing so.

The hour-long interview, cut from a reported five-hour conversation, had begun on more uncomfortable ground for Mr Comey. We haven't heard much about this revelation from the media which is unusual, as they have been obsessively reporting their hallucinations that President Trump is moments away from interfering with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was somewhat more supportive of Comey, telling NBC's Meet the Press that Comey appeared to be a person of integrity.

He received a call from then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly who was "very upset" with the news and was thinking about quitting too.

While there are still some unanswered questions, of course, ABC's Sunday night telecast told the Comey tale from start to finish. Comey was also joined by NSA Director Mike Rogers, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You write that President Trump is unethical, untethered to the truth. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview.

In the interview, Comey said he was unsure whether or not the Russians have compromising material that could be used to blackmail Trump - either relating to his pre-election personal conduct, or his campaign's actions.