Washington:Former FBI Director James Comey in his first exclusive interview since he was fired last May said Donald Trump is “morally unfit” to be the President of the US.
In the exclusive ABC News interview on Sunday night, Comey dismissed claims made by some that Trump was medically unfit to hold office.
“I often hear people talk about it. I don’t buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or 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 said.
“I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president.
“A person who treats women like they’re 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 added.
The interview comes ahead of the release of his tell-all book ‘A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership’ on Tuesday.
Also a lawyer, Comey told ABC News that he was standing in the middle of the Los Angeles Federal Bureau of Investigation field office on May 9, 2017, thanking employees and the building’s support staff for their hard work, when he saw the televisions on the wall flash ‘Comey Resigns’.
“One of the many great things about the FBI is we have some hilarious pranksters, and so I thought it was a scam by someone on my staff…” As the TVs in the bureau started to show the news on other networks, he saw some were displaying the words ‘Comey Fired’.
“The audience could see my face change,” he said.
Comey said his reaction to the news was disbelief. “That’s crazy… How could that be?” He received a call from then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly who was “very upset” with the news and was thinking about quitting too.
Comey said he urged Kelly to remain in the administration.