McLEAN, Va. — Former FBI chief James Comey is swinging back hard against his former boss, President Donald Trump.
In a newly published interview with USA Today, Comey, who was fired by Trump in 2017 for his alleged mishandling of the Clinton email case, calls the 45th president “morally unfit” to hold office.
“I actually believe he’s morally unfit to be president,” Comey told USA Today during an interview at his home in the Virginia suburbs, adding he views Trump as “someone who is able to see moral equivalence in (white nationalist protests in) Charlottesville or to speak and treat women like they’re pieces of meat and to lie constantly and who appears to lack an external moral framework of religion, philosophy or history.”
Further, Comey went on to claim that it wouldn’t surprise him if Trump had been compromised by Russian interests.
“It’s hard to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open to that being a possibility,” said Comey, who also served under former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
“There’s a non-zero possibility that the Russians have some, some sway over him that is rooted in his personal experience,” said Comey, adding, “I don’t know whether that’s the business about the activity in a Moscow hotel room or finances or something else,” referencing now infamous allegations of Trump’s alleged interactions with Russian prostitutes in 2013.
Accusations that Trump had rendezvoused with Russian prostitutes in 2013 stemmed from a dossier prepared by a former British intelligence agent at on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Trump has steadfastly denied the allegations and referred to them as part of an ongoing “witch hunt” to bring down his presidency.
Comey went on to say that his suspicions that Trump may have been compromised by Russian interests were piqued by the president’s reluctance to criticize Russian president Vladimir Putin.
“At least in my experience, he won’t criticize Vladimir Putin even in private,” said Comey. “I can understand why a president…might not want to criticize publicly another leader” in the interests of forging a good relationship. “But privately? Sitting with the person in charge of countering the Russian threat in the United States? Privately not being willing to do that? That always struck me.”
Comey’s comments come as works to promote a new book on his time with Trump, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” a book the RNC has called a “work of fiction”.
President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to respond to some of the allegations in Comey’s book, calling Comey a disgruntled criminal who wrote the book as a form of retaliation.
“Comey drafted the Crooked Hillary exoneration long before he talked to her (lied in Congress to Senator G), then based his decisions on her poll numbers. Disgruntled, he, McCabe, and the others, committed many crimes!” Trump tweeted.
The Republican National Committee has launched a new website, lyincomey.com in an effort to combat many of the allegations in Comey’s book. In it, they call the former FBI chief out on an array of alleged inconsistencies and half-truths they say he’s been caught up in.
Comey, when asked about the allegations in the website, says he believes his credibility speaks for itself.