Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Comey: Russians may have info on Trump


Former FBI director James Comey has unleashed on Donald Trump in his new book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership in which he describes the USA president as "untethered to truth". But both in his book and on Sunday's 20/20 interview, Comey said that in February 2017, Trump pulled him aside and asked him not to investigate his recently fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. "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", Comey said about comparing Trump to a mob boss.

Comey said in the interview broadcast Sunday night that Trump is "morally unfit" for office. "But the reason I say "possible" is that there's a non-zero possibility that the Russians have some sway over him that is rooted in his personal experience". "This president does not reflect the values of this country".

Separately, the optics of one of the most powerful former law enforcement officials in the country swinging for Trump may also give the President and his supporters more ammunition when they argue that the establishment, or the state, is somehow out to get him. After Clinton's loss, many Democrats blamed Comey, and Clinton herself has said it hurt her election prospects.

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Much of Comey's version of his interactions with Trump regarding Russian Federation came out during his congressional testimony previous year.

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He said that he believes there is "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice".

But Mr. Comey's most significant role may be yet to come.

Others embrace a broader concept of presidential authority.

Conway also seemed to suggest Comey's reopening of the Clinton investigation "swung" the 2016 election in Trump's favor, though later clarified on Twitter she was "kidding".

To Comey, Trump is everything a president shouldn't be.

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"Never. I will never run for office, not even a close call", Comey said.

Anderson continued that "the biggest thing that bothers me about the interview itself is that Jim is talking about some of the issues he discussed with the president in confidence, thats a little shocking...that the former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation would do that".

Comey broke down his January 2017 conversation with Trump after BuzFeed published an opposition research dossier, which included reports that Russian intelligence filmed Trump participating in "perverted sexual acts".

"I'm troubled by the timing of the book and some of the content that has been reported because I think it diminishes him" former assistant director of the FBI Ron Hosko tells TheDC. He says it might even enable a president to issue a pardon for himself.

Two years after the election, the two US political parties remain entrenched in tribalism, with representatives from both halves angry at Comey. But he said any criminal charge would be up to a prosecutor, who would evaluate Trump's intention.

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