Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
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Trump Fires Back After Comey Calls Him 'Morally Unfit' For Office

Trump Fires Back After Comey Calls Him 'Morally Unfit' For Office

Comey also said that serving in Trump's administration poses a serious ethical dilemma.

"He's criticizing the President in a way that I don't feel like we've heard before", said Prof.

"But I'm an optimistic person".

WASHINGTON -Former FBI Director James Comey came out swinging against President Trump in a scathing interview Sunday night to promote Comey's new tell-all book, A Higher Loyalty.

That is, unless you believe that even at that time, Comey was thinking, "I'll write up some fake notes of a conversation that never happened, then lie to other people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation about it, just in case Trump ever fires me and I want to become his public antagonist".

Comey's comments in an ABC News interview that aired Sunday were nearly certain to escalate his war of words with the president and further erode a relationship marked by open hostility and name-calling.

Partisans are deeply divided on this question, with 70 percent of Democrats saying Trump has not criticized Russian Federation enough, while 71 percent of Republicans say he has been about right.


Despite support for penalizing Russian Federation, 52 percent of adults say Trump should invite Vladimir Putin to the White House in an effort to improve U.S. -Russia relations, while 42 percent say Trump should not do so, because it would grant Putin legitimacy.

Recounting a key section of his book, Comey said that in a meeting in February 2017, Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn, who had recently resigned as his national security adviser.

"There's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", Comey said. Those events have been well documented by Comey and the news media, but that doesn't mean the book won't make news. The Insp. general says McCabe even lied to Comey, although McCabe disputes Comey's account. The moral dilemma worth a close read is Comey's description of how he and a small handful of Justice Department officials - including then-FBI director Robert Mueller - pushed back against the Bush administration's use of warrantless surveillance of USA citizens in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. That's why he says he held news conferences on the Clinton email probe without consulting Lynch. Mr Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeatedly said Ms Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state.

Trump and the Republicans have sought to stifle the impact of his book by accusing Comey of leaking classified materials and of corruptly handling the 2016 investigation into Clinton.

The renewed attacks by Mr Trump came as US ABC News was set to air an interview with Mr Comey (at 12:00pm AEST) in which he discusses his book, A Higher Loyalty.

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 US presidential election.

Comey said his reaction to the news was disbelief. "He may conclude that there is nothing that touches President Trump or any of his senior people", he said. Nancy Pelosi suggested that Comey was "not in the right job;' Bernie Sanders said, "It would not be a bad thing for the American people if [Comey] did step down;' Chuck Schumer said, 'I do not have confidence in [Comey] any longer;' Maxine Waters said, Comey 'has no credibility" and deserved to be fired".

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