'Morally unfit to be president'

Former FBI director James Comey told associates Donald Trump was

CHERISS MAY GETTY IMAGES Former FBI director James Comey told associates Donald Trump was"outside the realm of normal and"crazy

Donald Trump is morally unfit to be president, the former FBI Director James Comey blasted in a televised interview.

Just ahead of Comey's interview, Mr. Trump fired off a series of tweets Sunday morning labeling Comey a "slimeball" and "WORST FBI Director in history, by far", while the president also said he "hardly even knew this guy".

Comey's explosive book, which is apparently highly critical of Trump, will hit the bookshelves next week.

Comey calls the Trump presidency a "forest fire" and describes the president as a compulsive liar."unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values".

The fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief said he could not discount the possibility that Russian Federation might have something on the president.

Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks there's "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice" in the actions of President Donald Trump.

The president also seemed to be responding to the FBI raid on and court-authorized search of the office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who authorities said has been under criminal investigation for months. The retired general pleaded guilty last December to lying to the FBI and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "It always struck me, and still strikes me, as unlikely, and I would have been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't - it's possible".

"More and more lies", Comey said.

Having announced an end to the inquiry in July 2016, Mr. Comey revealed on October 28, just days before the election, that the F.B.I. was again investigating the case.

For the most part, Comey avoided commenting on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

The notion that Trump didn't spend the night appears to be refuted by a November, 2017 NBC News report on Schiller's House Intel Committee testimony, in which the president's former bodyguard confirmed that "a Russian participant" of the Miss Universe pageant offered to "send five women" to Trump's suite.

But it's not as if Comey's view of the President represents a sudden shock to the electorate.

Getting into the details of his first meeting with Trump just days before the inauguration, Comey says the president-elect was briefed on Russia's attempt to interfere with the election.

There was no reaction from Trump after the interview but his pre-emptive tweets made clear his reaction to Comey's book.

"Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe". But he added that Comey "speaks from a deep ethical place, and he's saying some things that he thinks the country needs to say and needs to hear".

"I'm sure that it was a factor".

"(Firing Mueller) would, I hope, set off alarm bells that this is (Trump's) most serious attack yet on the rule of law".

On May 16, The New York Times published an article about a memo Comey reportedly wrote that detailed a February 14 meeting between Comey and Trump. Further, Kelly is, at best, frustrated by working around such "dishonorable" people. Flynn and two of the president's campaign aides, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with Mueller.

The survey also found that Republicans find Trump more believable than Comey by 70-15 per cent, as do strong conservatives by 76-9 per cent and somewhat conservatives by 49-24 per cent.

"I think it's possible".

"Values matter. This president does not reflect the values of this country", he said of Donald Trump. "That's our foundation. And so impeachment, in a way, would short circuit that".

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