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Ex-FBI director James Comey eviscerated his former boss President Donald Trump as a serial liar who’s “morally unfit to be president,” evaluating his management model to that of a mob boss and suggesting that he treats girls like items of meat, in keeping with a transcript of Comey’s extremely anticipated interview with ABC News.
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Asked if he felt Trump was unfit to be president, Comey replied within the affirmative, however mentioned his reasoning had nothing to do with considerations over Trump’s psychological well being or stability.
“I don’t buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent or [in] early stages of dementia. He strikes me as a person of above-average intelligence who’s tracking conversations and knows what’s going on,” Comey instructed ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos.
“I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president.”
On working with Donald Trump
ABC aired one hour of the interview on Sunday evening, however a transcript of the complete interview confirmed Comey portray Trump’s perspective to his employees as just like that of a mob boss, in that his priorities centred round him and his finest pursuits, fairly than that of the nation or the larger good.
He in contrast his expertise conversing with Trump to “watching a jigsaw puzzle contest with a shot clock,” stating that Trump tends to talk in monologues, and quickly swap from one subject to the subsequent with out giving anybody an opportunity to interject or state their disagreement.
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Comey additionally mentioned the challenges one faces whereas working for Trump while disagreeing together with his actions and behavior.
“The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him. And the question is, how much stain is too much stain, and how much stain eventually makes you unable to accomplish your goal of protecting the country and serving the country?” he mentioned.
“It would be hard for anybody to answer that… everyone’s gotta answer that individually.”
Russian election meddling
Asked whether or not he thought Russia holds sway over Trump, Comey mentioned he didn’t know for positive, however wouldn’t rule it out.
“I think it’s possible. I don’t know,” he mentioned. “These are extra phrases I by no means thought I’d utter a couple of president of the United States, however it’s doable.
On the query of Trump marketing campaign figures colluding with the Russians, Comey mentioned, “There’s no doubt there was smoke around that. Whether there’s fire… I didn’t stay long enough to know.”
Comey was fired by Trump on May 9, 2017.
Hillary Clinton e mail investigation
Comey additionally addressed Democrats’ criticism of his resolution to disclose the existence of the Hillary Clinton e mail probe to the general public, whereas not doing the identical with the FBI investigation into the Trump marketing campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.
He justified disclosing the Clinton probe — which appeared into her use of a personal e mail server to ship labeled emails — to the general public on the grounds that the revelation didn’t stand to affect the investigation.
“Everybody knew we were looking at her emails. So when we confirmed it three months later, there’s no jeopardy at all to the investigation,” Comey mentioned.
He added that the Russia investigation was completely different in that he didn’t need key figures of curiosity to know that the FBI was investigating them.
“We did not want these Americans to know that we had reason to believe they might be working with the Russians ’cause we gotta run this down and investigate it.”
‘He looked orange up close’
Comey even mentioned his first impressions of Trump’s bodily look, confirming that his tie was too lengthy, his fingers have been average-sized (versus unusually small, as has been rumoured) and he “looked slightly orange up close with small white half-moons under his eyes, which I assume are from tanning goggles.”
The airing of the ABC interview was preceded by a slew of tweets from Trump earlier Sunday, wherein he referred to as Comey a “slimeball” and “the WORST FBI Director in history.”
The interview is the primary of a collection of scheduled media appearances by Comey to advertise his ebook, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders mentioned Thursday that the ebook comprises “the blatant lies of a self-admitted leaker,” and belongs within the “bargain bin of the fiction section.”
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