Comey says Trump is 'morally unfit to be president,' 'lies constantly'

It led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the claims. Trump said in a tweet.

Donald Trump is "morally unfit" to be president, former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey asserted today as he claimed "it's possible" that Moscow may have information on him that could be used to compromise him. "It would depend and - and I'm just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor, it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent". It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I would've been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't.

ABC published the full transcript of the interview on its website.

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's book, "A Higher Loyalty", will be released on Tuesday.

Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it's possible that President Donald Trump might be compromised by the Russians.

As much as he criticizes Trump, Comey doesn't want him impeached. From WaPo: "He said that he would not favor impeaching Trump to remove him from office, because that 'would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty-bound to do directly"-meaning through elections. Impeachment, in a way, would short-circuit that".

Comey confirmed that the investigation into possible Trump campaign collaboration with Russian Federation was sparked by adviser George Papadopoulos talking to an Australian diplomat, which the FBI learned about in late July, and "the FBI didn't get any information that's part of the so-called Steele dossier, as I understand it, until after that". (Disclosure: The Erik Wemple Blog has yet to read it.) That's largely because Comey has already scooped himself, time and again.

So, beyond obstruction of justice, the boasts of pussy-grabbing, or even a possible pee-pee tape, Mr Comey simply believes Donald Trump's essential nature makes him unsuitable to be Commander in Chief.

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The Republican National Committee has helped with the pushback effort against Comey for his book by launching a website and supplying surrogates with talking points that question his credibility. I think he's morally unfit to be president.

Comey said he urged Kelly to remain in the administration.

Macmillan, the publishing house behind the book, has ordered an initial print run of 850,000 copies, expecting super-charged sales. "No FBI director has ever been fired as he was investigating a president", Stephanopoulos told CNNMoney.

He seized on an excerpt shown Saturday in which Comey said his belief that Clinton would beat Trump in the 2016 presidential election was probably a factor in his decision to disclose the investigation into her emails.

Clinton has asserted that she would have been elected president if Comey hadn't re-opened the investigation.

"The information that triggered it was the Papadopoulos information that came in late July". Instead, they launched into a strategy session about how to "spin what we'd just told them" for the public, he writes. Comey said he did not remember "consciously thinking" about the election results as he chose to disclose that the FBI had reopened its investigation into candidate Clinton's email use.

Sanders carried on a war of words between Trump and Comey as the president flew to Florida. [George] Stephanopoulos pointed out that Mr. Trump denied he had made the request.

Many believe his reopening of the FBI's inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as Secretary of State barely a week before the election, while making no mention of the active inquiry into Mr Trump and Russian Federation, swung the election to Mr Trump. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey, and Comey said he came to believe Rosenstein was "part of the family now".

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