Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Trump 'morally unfit to be president,' Comey says in TV interview

TV Ratings: ABC's Comey Sitdown Is Strong on Sunday — But It's No Stormy TV Ratings: James Comey Interview Nets 9.8M Viewers
Jay Anderson | 18 April, 2018, 00:53

Comey, who is promoting his book, "A Higher Loyalty, " said in a separate ABC News interview broadcast Sunday that Trump is "morally unfit" to hold office.

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.

Yet Comey, who was sacked by Trump last spring while investigating Russia's role in the election that put Trump in the White House, says it's unlikely Trump has been compromised by Russian Federation.

The interview with Comey and the publicity tour for his book, which is scheduled to hit bookstores on Tuesday, amount to a remarkable public assault on a sitting President by someone who served at the highest levels in the government.

Trump has denied he asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.Trump has also used Twitter to call Comey a liar and called for his imprisonment.

"These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible", Comey told ABC News' chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, as reported by AP.

Comey told NPR that he believed he should announce the discovery in order to protect the public's trust in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but his decision was widely criticized as it defied standard procedure for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On Monday, hours after the telecast, Trump tweeted that Comey and others "committed many crimes!"




Trump on Sunday pushed back again against Comey's claims that Trump sought his loyalty, saying, "I hardly even knew this guy. And that's not a policy statement", Mr Comey said. He sounded truthful when he testified under oath that Trump tried to extract a loyalty oath from him and asked him to go easy on disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn.

This is the clip Comey was referring to - a campaign rally where a crowd member joked that a dog-like sound was Hillary Clinton, to Trump's amusement.

The recent reboot of "Roseanne" - which contained content considered positive towards President Trump and his administration - warranted a debut audience of 18 million in late March, and continues to draw audience numbers between 13-15 million, according to Nielsen.

"Everyone has forgotten his letter a few weeks before the elections that damaged Hillary", Kovalik told hosts Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek, referring to Comey's reopening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server just a few days before the 2016 election.

Comey was so confused by this he even went on YouTube months later, to try and track down video evidence of Trump chuckling - and could only find one. That brings us to the different ways Trump's critics and defenders are talking about Comey right now. That's true whether you think Comey is an admirable person or not.

And what I'd ask them to do is please try to come into those rooms.

"He made a public spectacle of the conclusion of the email investigation, breaking with Department norms, calling into question the integrity of the process", Merrill said of the July announcement. "The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him", he told ABC, which aired an edited version of the interview but published a full transcript.

And does all this amount to Obstruction of Justice?

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