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Comey says Trump 'morally unfit to be president'

Comey says Trump 'morally unfit to be president'

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware former FBI Director James Comey is out with a book this week about his time at the Bureau and settling scores with the man who fired him: President Trump.

Trump, of course, countered on Twitter, accusing Comey "and others" of committing "many crimes", thus ensuring that the interview would stay relevant for another news cycle.

"Yes", Comey replied. "But not in the way - I often hear people talk about it. His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!"

With Comey's much-publicized book - "A Higher Loyalty" - published today, Trump's anti-Comey rants aren't likely to be ending anytime soon.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017 after he refused to publicly declare that the president was not under investigation in relation to the Russian election tampering inquiries.

Comey says Trump is morally unfit to be president.

Asked if the president wanted the Justice Department to investigate Comey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that she was not aware of a specific request.

Trump also repeated his belief that the notes Comey says he took about his interactions with the president are "FAKE!" and that Comey is lying when he says the president asked him for loyalty.

Comey said in the interview broadcast Sunday night that Trump is "morally unfit" for office.

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Comey: President Trump, I don't follow him on Twitter but I get to see his tweets tweeted, I don't know how many, but some tweets this past couple of days that I should be in jail.

Comey told ABC he made what he thought was the appropriate decision and that a belief Clinton would win the vote for president was a factor.

"I suspect his apparent inability to do so is roouted in deep insecurity, his inability to be vulnerable or to risk himself by appreciating the humor of others, which, on reflection, is really very sad in a leader, and a little scary in a president", he wrote.

The book has been on the top of Amazon.com's best-sellers list for nearly a month, and Comey's exclusive interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos about his book averaged 9.8 million viewers this past Sunday night.

Comey was so confused by this he even went on YouTube months later, to try and track down video evidence of Trump chuckling - and could only find one. And Comey's broader attacks on Trump's character could undermine his credibility as an impartial law enforcer. Trump was three weeks into his presidency, and already Mr. Flynn, his national security adviser, had been forced out over allegations that he lied about a conversation with the Russian ambassador. "And key to that is that the president doesn't get to decide who goes to jail". Could what Comey says jeopardize that investigation?

The firing triggered the selection of a special investigation team led by Robert Mueller.

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".

Comey recounted in the ABC interview another meeting where he said Trump asked for his loyalty. "I'm going to teach about leadership and ethics, and so I'm going to be a professor, which is exciting, and speak about leadership ..."


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