Former FBI director says President Trump 'morally unfit' for office

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"My loyalty's supposed to be to the American people and to the institution", Comey said in the interview.

All that's plausible. But notice what Comey told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News on Sunday - that he would not favor impeaching Trump because it "would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty-bound to do directly" through elections.

Former FBI director James Comey's new book is due to be published today.

Though the two warring camps continually rehash an election that ended two years ago, trapping the American people in a perpetual nightmare between the two most disliked presidential candidates in US history, they found common ground in questioning Comey's handling of federal investigations.

"Normally FBI directors are as closed lipped as possible".

In another tweet, Trump offered a mini-review of Comey's memoir. But the book and his interview reveal some telling details. "But the timing is bad". "There is a danger that we will become numb to it and we will stop noticing the threats to our norms, the threats to the rule of law and the threats, most of all, to the truth".

Obstruction of justice is no small matter.

Comey also responded to critics who questioned why he included negative personal descriptions about the size of the president's hands, his elaborate hairstyle and the length of his tie.

But the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director also has a stranger criticism of the USA president: He never seems to laugh.

It was February 14, 2017.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway criticized Comey on Monday.

Flynn hadn't just lost his job.

But this power, as it was outlined in the Constitution, and as it was employed by members of the founding generation in the first years of the republic, is not continued if we today imagine that presidents who are unfit, divisive, and risky must be allowed to remain in their positions until some distant date when accountability is finally permitted. The Post reported that administration officials said Haley made an error and said it was unlikely that Trump would approve any additional sanctions without another triggering event by Russian Federation.

"The audience could see my face change", he said.

"If I ever start considering whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision, we're done", he said, according to ABC News. "It could be evidence of a crime". Comey expressed confidence in the inspector general, but said the president had "stained" the process. She also labeled him a "self-admitted leaker" who has "proven to be dishonest".

Comey said if allowed to continue his work, he is confident Mueller "will find the truth". "However, that doesn't distinguish him from other presidents", Kovalik added.

The ex-FBI director, who until his firing in May led an investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, acknowledged that it was "stunning" to think that Russian Federation could have damaging information about a US president. And the president knew that was probably a bad idea and so he backed off. McCabe was recently dismissed from the Trump administration. It was Mr. Rosenstein who appointed Mueller as special counsel, and Rosenstein who has authorized Mueller's widening investigative authority. The short answer to that question is that he can. "And that's a wound that was inflicted by the president's actions on the Department of Justice". Independents are closer to Democrats, with 54 percent saying Trump has done too little.

That damning account has infuriated the president at a moment of intensifying legal pressure on other fronts.

Comey recognizes who holds popular power in America.

"It's possible", Comey said. But under this view, as the nation's sole chief executive, they could.

"You've got to be above this".

In fact, Prakash argues the president's authority extends well beyond the power to direct prosecutions and fire officials. This president is not able to do that.

Yet even if Trump were to pardon himself, it wouldn't mean necessarily that he'd escape accountability.