Washington, April 16: Former FBI Director James Comey, in his first interview since being fired last May, said that Donald Trump is “morally unfit” to be US President, a “serial liar” who treated women like “meat” and it was “possible” that Russians had material that could be used to blackmail him. In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday night, he also described him as a “stain” on everyone who worked for him. The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation compared the Trump administration to a “mafia family” and said that the President was incinerating the country’s crucial norms and traditions like a “wildfire”.
Comey calls Trump 'serial liar', 'morally unfit' to be President
Comey’s remarks were the latest salvo in a war of words with the US President, who blasted the former FBI director on Twitter earlier. “Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly, will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Trump wrote on Sunday. The FBI chief was fired while the agency was probing possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia’s meddling in the US election. Comey is now a crucial witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russia probe. Mueller is also a former FBI chief.
Also a lawyer, Comey made an allegation that Trump had cavorted with prostitutes in Moscow that left him vulnerable to blackmail by the Russian government. Comey said that he would not favour impeaching Trump, because that “would let the American people off the hook” and the public was “duty bound” to vote Trump out of office in the next election. The former FBI chief also took aim at Trump’s personal appearance, saying his hands are “average-sized” and his skin is “orange”.
During the interview, Comey repeated his assertion, made at a Congressional hearing that Trump told him that he expected loyalty and pressured him to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn. The former National Security Adviser has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is now cooperating with Muller.
Comey said he had “grave” misgivings about the Trump presidency even before it began. In a meeting with then President Barack Obama in the last days of his administration, Comey said he told him: “I dread the next four years. But in many ways, I feel great pressure to stay to try and protect the institution I lead.” (IANS)