Monday, 10 December, 2018

Donald Trump Blasts James Comey After ABC Interview: "Committed Many Crimes"

Donald Trump James Comey Donald Trump has attacked his former FBI Director James Comey on in a series of early morning tweets
Kenny Thornton | 17 April, 2018, 20:26

Former FBI Director James Comey in his first exclusive interview since he was sacked last May said that Donald Trump was "morally unfit" to be the President of the US.

While criticism from President Donald Trump isn't new to Comey, the president used new descriptors for him after the first clip of Comey's exclusive interview with ABC News' chief anchor George Stephanopoulos was released Friday morning. And Comey said, well, it must have been; I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must've been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump.

STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: Why have you focused in some of your comments on what you view as the moral fitness of the president to be president?

"The most important being truth". He concludes that Trump "is not able to do that" and is "morally unfit to be president".

He said he thinks it's possible the Russians have something that could compromise Trump.

However, Mr Trump overnight vigorously denied the claim, saying he never asked Mr Comey for "personal 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 USA presidential election. "I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible", he said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump tried to obstruct justice as part of his intensifying Russian Federation probe, and the exchange with Comey could be a key part of his case.

Comey said the FBI opened its counterintelligence investigation into potential Russian election interference in July 2016, triggered by discussions that George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, had in London.

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He had already attacked Comey on Friday, calling him "a proven LEAKER & LIAR" who should be prosecuted for leaking classified information.

The former FBI director said he still would've sent the letter reopening the investigation into the emails before the 2016 election, even though Clinton and her team blamed it for her loss.

An ABC News article from 2011 also reported that some Trump associates had nicknamed Cohen as "Tom" - a reference to Tom Hagen, the consigliore to Vito Corleone in the "Godfather" movies. Comey responded, "Possibly. It's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice".

The interview is part of a media tour to promote his book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership". Trump said in a tweetstorm fired off Sunday before the interview.

The former director said "the investigators knew that, unless they found something that was a smoking gun, where someone told Secretary Clinton 'you know, you shouldn't be doing this, ' or where she acknowledged it or where somehow there's an indication of her obstructing justice, the case was unlikely to be prosecuted".

Comey expanded on that statement in an interview USA Today published today.

"I think he has a right to defend himself", California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell said.

In his new book, Comey is equally critical, though far more coherent, on the subject of Trump.

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