Donald Trump "lies constantly, " "treats women like pieces of meat, " is "morally unfit to be President, " and is "possibly compromised by Russian Federation, " former FBI Director James Comey said in a scathing interview on ABC News as the clash between the traditional American establishment and the maverick US President moved into a thicket of moral, legal, and constitutional issues.
The top three best-selling books in 2018 so far all have one thing in common: the Trump Administration. "I didn't think that was his place".
"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", Comey told ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanooulos.
Considering what we know about Trump's multiple affairs while married, his alleged sexual assaults, and his pay-offs to adult film actresses that he slept with, I think there's truly no limit to his degrading treatment of women or the acts he might have watched or taken part in.
"Contributing to this problem, regrettably, was President Obama". "There's something more important than that that should unite all of us, and that is our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country". This President is not able to do that.
The book, obtained by news outlets and reviewed last week, has caused great agita for Trump. Calling Mr. Comey a "slimeball", or the "WORST FBI director in history, by far", doesn't quite hit the Abraham Lincoln or John F. Kennedy level of eloquence and grace the job is usually associated with, but then the nation is surely accustomed to that by now. Trump said on Twitter early Sunday.
And then there's White House counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway, who referred to Comey's Federal Bureau of Investigation as a 'hot mess, ' but some are sniping Kellyanne with that label over having a bad hair day.
"This guy swung an election", Conway said.
In his book, Comey takes direct aim at Trump's appearance, a particularly sensitive topic for the president, although a tactic he often employs himself when insulting others. Framing his choice as between "speak" and "conceal", he argued that if it only came out after the election that the FBI had reopened its investigation into Clinton's emails, that would "destroy the institutions that I love".
FBI Director James Comey listens during testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. The FBI was also interested in Carter Page, another adviser.
Lynch also says that Comey never raised any concerns with her regarding the email investigation.
When asked about Trump's relationship with Putin, Comey said he was concerned with Trump because "he won't criticize Vladimir Putin even in private". A Sunday night (Monday morning NZ time) interview on ABC News will kick off his national book tour and publicity campaign for the memoir. He also suggested Comey should be imprisoned, tweeting, "how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail)".
"Possibly. I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice". "It would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent".