Monday, April 16, 2018

Former FBI chief says Trump is "morally disqualified"

Comey, dismissed by Trump in May last year, fears the president may be subject to a blackmail from Russia

 Former FBI director James Comey said in an interview with ABC News on Sunday that US President Donald Trump is a dangerous and "morally disqualified" leader who is doing "tremendous damage "In institutional norms.
Comey, dismissed by Trump in May last year, fears the president may be subject to Russian blackmail over allegations that he was present when prostitutes urinated on one another during a visit to Moscow in 2013.
Comey's dismissal came as the US Federal Police investigated possible connections between the 2016 presidential campaign in Trump and alleged Russian interference in the election.
Russia denied such interference, and Trump denied any collusion or improper activity.
Comey said in an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos, at 10 pm local time on Sunday, that it is "possible, but I do not know" whether Russia has any evidence to support the allegations concerning Trump's visit to Moscow.
Trump told Comey that he did not spend the night in the Moscow hotel and that allegations about prostitutes are not true.
"A person ... who talks about women and treats them like pieces of meat, who constantly lies on small and large issues and insists that the American people believe it, that person is not fit to be president of the United States in the moral issue. And that's not a comment on government policy, "Comey said.
"He is morally disqualified to be president," he added.
Comey wrote a book of revelations, "A Higher Loyalty," which will be released on Tuesday.
The impending release of the book - and the ABC interview - prompted Trump to launch a new series of insults to Comey earlier on Sunday, questioning accusations made in the book and insisting that he never pressured Comey to be loyal to him.
"The sneaky James Comey, a man who always ends badly and out of the blue (he's not clever!), Will go down in history as the WORST FBI director by far!" Wrote Trump on Sunday morning in one of five tweets directed to Comey.
Reuters and other media outlets have obtained early copies of Comey's book, in which he says Trump asked for his loyalty in a private meeting, a "bizarre conversation" of January 2017 that inspired the book's title.

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