Donald Trump is “morally unfit” to be president of the United States and “lies constantly about matters big and small,” former FBI director James Comey told ABC in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
“I don’t buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia,” Comey said of Trump, according to a transcript from ABC.
“I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president,” he said.
“Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that,” he said.
“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it — that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds,” he said.
“And that’s not a policy statement… I don’t care what your views are on guns or immigration or taxes.”
Trump fired Comey in May 2017, citing the FBI’s behavior in investigating Democrat Hillary Clinton and its probe into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia to tilt the 2016 presidential election.
Just 11 days before the election, Comey announced that the FBI would reopen an investigation into Clinton’s possible misuse of a private email server while she was secretary of state — a move she has said played a part in her loss to Trump.
The president lashed out at Comey in a series of tweets earlier Sunday, saying that the email probe was handled “stupidly” and calling Comey a “slime ball.”
Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
Comey said he thinks there’s “certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice” in Trump’s actions.
Comey answered “possibly” when asked whether the president was attempting to obstruct justice when he asked Comey to end an FBI investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump has denied that conversation, but Comey insisted that it definitely occurred.
He said there’s “certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice,” though he noted that he’s just a witness in the case and not an investigator or prosecutor.
Comey is promoting a new book — and incurring Trump’s wrath as he does. The president has called him a “liar and a leaker.”
Comey also said he thinks it’s possible that Trump might be compromised by the Russians.
The fired FBI chief said he could not discount the possibility that Russia might have something on the president.
He said he knows that’s a “stunning” possibility and something that he never thought he’d say about a president of the United States.
Still, he said it strikes him as unlikely but something that he can’t say without high confidence.