Comey says Trump 'morally unfit' for office

James Comey describes Donald Trump as a 'stain' in long-awaited TV interview

Comey claims that at the beginning of Trump's term, the new president told him, "I need loyalty". "In fact, though I didn't know for sure, I imagined the presidential suite of the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow was large enough for a germaphobe to be at a safe distance from the activity".

"I think it's possible, I don't know", he said.

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Asked about Trump's use last week of the words "slime ball" to describe Comey, Ryan said: "I don't use words like that".

Mr Comey also said there was possibly some evidence of obstruction of justice in another of his claims - that Mr Trump had asked him to let go a criminal investigation into the President's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Despite his misgivings, Comey said he would not be in favor of impeaching Trump.

In the book, due to be released later this week, Mr Comey compares Mr Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country, "ego driven and about personal loyalty".

"I mean, I don't know whether it was weird for President-elect Trump, but I- it was nearly an out-of-body experience for me", Comey said of his meeting with then-president-elect Trump.

Comey set up an unprecedented public challenge from someone of his stature to a sitting commander in chief, framing the most penetrating critique of Trump's White House yet from an establishment figure. He told ABC that he maybe should have said something to Trump at the time to indicate the request was inappropriate. "Really weird. It was nearly an out of body experience for me". We can cross-check them against what he told his Russian besties just after firing the worst Federal Bureau of Investigation director in history.

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"No, I didn't even think I used the term Steele dossier", Comey said. "But in many ways, I feel great pressure to stay to try and protect the institution I lead". Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politicizing the investigation.

However he insisted he would have still sent the letter to congress which announced the FBI was re-opening investigations into Mrs Clinton's email, just days before the election, even if he knew the letter would elect Mr Trump. "I can't trust him".

Parts of the interview are likely to revive the fury of Clinton supporters who think he cost her the presidency by reopening the email investigation less than two weeks before the election.

Comey and Stephanopoulos spoke in-depth about what makes an ethical leader, and when tough leadership becomes detrimental. But instead, what I'm talking about is that leadership culture constantly comes back to me when I think about my experience with the Trump administration. "'Cause I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump". That's why he says he held news conferences on the Clinton email probe without consulting Lynch. "And yet he would say it and, "Everyone agrees, everyone says, everyone believes...'".

Once he was on the plane, Comey said he pulled out a bottle of red wine from his suitcase that he was bringing back from California and drank some of it from a paper cup while looking "out at the lights of the country I love so much as we flew home".

Comey believed his boss, the then-attorney general Loretta Lynch wasn't independent.

"Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary (Clinton) was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe". It was, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated interviews of the year.

He also said there was nothing particularly noteworthy in the size of Trump's hands.

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