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Donald Trump 'morally unfit' for office, fired FBI chief James Comey says

16 April 2018, 04:01 | Myron Mathis

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Fired FBI Director James Comey, in a much-awaited interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday evening, said President Donald Trump is morally unfit to be president, and accused Trump of urging him to drop the investigation into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

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In his new book, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey discusses an uncomfortable January 11, 2017 phone call he had with then President-elect Donald Trump, who was fixated on the so-called "pee tape" portion of the infamous Steele dossier.

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Trump also pushed back again against Comey's claims that Trump sought his loyalty, saying it was "Just another of his many lies".

Comey says Steele's track record was why he felt it "was important that we try to understand [the dossier], and see what could we verify, what could we rule in or rule out".

"It's been really hard to put all the pieces together in our minds about, 'How does this all add up?'" he said.

Comey's perception of an Oval Office meeting in February 2017, in which he had "flashbacks" to his to his career "as a prosecutor against the mob".

The special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating the Trump campaign - and Trump himself - as part of the Russian Federation probe.

"And I- and I remember thinking, "How could your wife think there's a 1 percent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?"

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Those days leading up to the election "sucked", Mr. Comey said.

"Possibly", Comey responded. "I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice". There is no indication Comey is under investigation for doing either.

Comey says he was just as surprised as everyone else that he was sacked in the middle of an important ongoing investigation: "I thought it's insane to fire me".

Trump has denied that conversation, but Comey insisted that it occurred.

Comey's explosive book, which is apparently highly critical of Trump, will hit the bookshelves next week. "I hope you can let this go". It was all, "What can we say about what they did and how it affects the election that we just had".

He also said he was sorry for how he handled the first announcement in July 2016 that he was closing the Clinton email probe without seeking any charges.

He told ABC that Mr Trump had told him I expect loyalty, I need loyalty during an awkward dinner at the White House.

Comey's memoir offers his version of the events surrounding his firing and the investigations into Russian election meddling and into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email practices. 'And then he said, "Another reason you know it's not true is I'm a germaphobe".

The comments come a day after the Justice Departmentinspector general released a report accusing Andrew McCabe, Comey's former deputy, of lying repeatedly as they investigated a media disclosure he had authorized.

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