James Comey savaged President Trump on Ѕunday in his first interview since being fired as FBI director — branding the president as a liar who is “morally unfit” to lead the country just hours after the chief executive ripped Comey as a “slimeball” and the “worst FBI director in history.”
Comey compared Trump’s presidency to a “forest fire” during the “20/20” interview — blasting the commander in chief for everything from his problematic legal issues to his treatment of women.
“I think he’s morally unfit to be president,” Comey said.
“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and 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.
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked the previous FBI chief whether Trump was “impeding equity” when he requested that Comey let previous National Security Adviser Mike Flynn free.
“It’s certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice,” Comey answered. “It would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent.”
The former fed also expressed his astonishment with Trump’s relationship with the truth.
“It reminded me of the inauguration crowd thing,” Comey said, referring to the president’s dubious statements about crowd size. “That his inauguration crowd was bigger than that Barack Obama’s first inauguration. That’s just not true. That’s not a perspective, that’s not a view, that’s just a lie.”
Comey continued: “His presidency is doing, and will do, tremendous damage to our norms and our values. But I’m an optimistic person. And so I choose to see the opportunity in a forest fire ‘cause what forest fires do is allow things to grow that never could’ve grown.”
Comey’s meeting broadcast Sunday as he keeps on advancing his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.” The show came hours after President Trump started on him in a progression of rankling tweets.
Earlier Sunday, Trump had preempted Comey’s interview with a series of angry tweets.
“I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies,” Trump tweeted.
Later on, the president branded Comey as a historical failure at his job leading the FBI.
“Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Trump wrote.