Former FBI director Comey says Donald Trump 'morally unfit' to serve


The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey has described Donald Trump as "morally unfit" to be U.S. president, saying he "lies constantly".

This year's Sinai Forum season will host five speakers through December, leading off with Comey, whose New York Times best-selling book set off a President Trump-led White House firestorm last week and is set for an official release Tuesday.

It was shortly after the inauguration, when Comey was called into the Oval Office.

During the wide-ranging interview, Comey was asked about his claim that Trump pressured him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser who is now cooperating with Mueller's investigation. In addition, Comey says he and the president sparred over Trump's complimentary words regarding Vladimir Putin and his suggestion in an interview that the US was also guilty of illegal killings.

The president, of course, held nothing back, either - though he was somewhat less sophisticated - calling Comey "slippery", a "slime ball" and "the WORST FBI Director in history" on Twitter.

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

During the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Comey what it would "mean if President Trump tries to fire Robert Mueller".

"I think that his credibility is really at hand, and it's quite interesting that he would question someone else's when he has such a lack of credibility himself", Sanders said.

He said it was raised in his first meeting with Trump shortly after the election in which Russian meddling in the USA presidential election was discussed. "And so in its place has to be a fear that if you lie and the government can prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, they will prosecute you in order to send a message to all the others who might be called upon to give evidence", Comey said. The book offers Comey's version of the highly controversial events surrounding his firing by Trump and the investigations into Russian election meddling and Clinton's email practices. 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. "My loyalty's supposed to be to the American people and to the institution", Comey said in the ABC interview.

The publicity tour - and the book - will be the first time the American public has heard extensively from Comey since his explosive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June of previous year.

Trump supporters were dismissing the fired FBI director and his message before the book even hit, putting Comey's story in the broader context of what they believe was a partisan, pro-Clinton FBI. Comey is now a crucial witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump has tried to obstruct the Russian Federation probe.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Lynch responds to criticism from Comey in his forthcoming book that, early in the email inquiry, she had instructed him to refer to it as a "matter" rather than an "investigation".

"In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job", Trump tweeted. "'Cause I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump".

"He believes Americans are "duty bound" to "go to the voting booth and vote their values". He concludes that Trump "is not able to do that" and is "morally unfit to be president". "That's our foundation. And so impeachment, in a way, would short circuit that".