WASHINGTON (CBS News) — In his first media interview since being fired in May 2017, former FBI director James Comey stated he believes President Trump is “morally unfit” to be president.
“I think he’s morally unfit to be president,” Comey stated within the interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s 20/20.
Comey additionally described his dialog with Mr. Trump in regards to the allegations within the unverified file authored via former British secret agent Christopher Steele.
“I mean, I don’t know whether it was weird for President-elect Trump, but I– it was almost an out-of-body experience for me,” Comey stated of his assembly with then-president-elect Trump. “I was floating above myself, looking down, saying, ‘You’re sitting here, briefing the incoming president of the United States about prostitutes in Moscow.’”
Comey’s interview comes forward of the e-newsletter of his e-book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.”
Mr. Trump fired him as head of the FBI on May nine, 2017. The firing in the end resulted in the appointment of Robert Mueller to direct a unique recommend inquiry into Russian meddling within the 2016 U.S. presidential election and doable collusion between the Trump marketing campaign and the Kremlin.
In the impending e-book, which will likely be revealed Tuesday, Comey characterizes Mr. Trump’s management as “ego driven and about personal loyalty.” He criticizes Mr. Trump as “unethical, and untethered to truth” and compares him to a mob boss. CBS News has observed an early reproduction of the e-book.
Comey additionally published his choice to ship a letter to Congress in October, simply ahead of the election, through which he published that new emails had surfaced that “appear to be pertinent” to the FBI’s closed investigation of Clinton’s use of a non-public e-mail server.that Hillary Clinton was once going to win the election. This assumption, Comey says, influenced his
This disclosure is observed as a think about Clinton’s loss.
“It must have been,” Comey informed Stephanopoulos. “I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been. Because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump. And so I’m sure that it was a factor. Like I said, I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.”
Despite this, Comey informed Stephanopoulos that he does now not remorseful about sending the letter.
Just forward of Comey’s interview, Mr. Trump fired off a morning labeling Comey a “slimeball” and “WORST FBI Director in history, by far,” whilst the president additionally stated he “hardly even knew this guy.” The rant was once 5 tweets and spanned fairly longer than an hour: Sunday
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