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Ex-FBI Director Comey: Trump 'morally unfit' to be president

Ex-FBI Director Comey: Trump 'morally unfit' to be president
From Al Jazeera - April 15, 2018

Former FBI Director James Comey has accused US President Donald Trump of being "morally unfit" for the presidency and treating women like "pieces of meat" in his first television interview since being fired last year.

Speaking to ABC's 20/20, Comey said "the challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him".

The television interview on Sunday comes ahead of the release of Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty, on Tuesday.

According to the transcript of the four-hour interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Comey said he does not think Trump is "medically unfit to be president", but rather "morally unfit to be president".

"A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they are 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 said.

The former FBI director was referring to the "United the Right"rally last August that turned deadly when a white supremacist allegedly rammed his car into a group of anti-racist protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Trump blamed "both sides" for the violence.

'Some evidence of obstruction of justice'

Comey has been embroiled in controversy since reopening an investigation - just days before the 2016 presidential election - into whether Hillary Clinton's use of a private email serve while US secretary of state during Barack Obama's first term as president compromised national security.

Clinton said Comey's decision helped hand the election to Trump.

Once Trump took office, the president and Comey feuded over the FBI's investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Comey said there is "certainly some evidence" when asked whether the US president committed obstruction of justice when Trump allegedly asked top aides to leave the Oval Office to privately ask Comey to drop his investigation into then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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