In exclusive interview, Comey calls Trump morally unfit for office

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Former FBI Director James Comey has a new book, A Higher Loyalty, coming out next week- and in already-released excerpts he's taking President Trump to the mat over a laundry list of grievances.

Comey, whose "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" comes out Tuesday, worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for three presidents - George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

"I'm not trying to that, by the way, suggest that President Trump is out breaking legs and, you know, shaking down shopkeepers", Comey said, according to the ABC transcript.

Asked if he believes Mr. Trump is unfit for office, Mr. Comey was quick to say yes, but not for reasons of his mental state.

Former FBI Director James Comey has said that it is "possible" that Russian Federation has something it can blackmail the US President Trump with, media reports said.

"More and more lies", Comey said. "Come with me, and sit there with me", he said.

For the most part, Comey avoided commenting on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

In the interview, Comey said he was unsure whether or not the Russians have compromising material that could be used to blackmail Trump - either relating to his pre-election personal conduct, or his campaign's actions.

Comey spoke in detail about his uncomfortable first meeting with Trump in Trump Tower in January 2017, in which he delicately informed the then president-elect of the allegations in Christopher Steele's dossier, which claimed that Trump met with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel in 2013.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday that Comey was a man of integrity "as far as I know", while adding that "I don't know the guy".

He added: "But you can not have, as president of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values that I believe Republicans treasure and Democrats treasure and Independents treasure". Comey, Trump tweeted, "was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job".

Despite his myriad of reservations about Trump, Comey told ABC News that he did not believe the US Congress should impeach him, as it would let the American people "off the hook" for something "they're duty bound to do directly".

Comey said he had noticed Trump's face "looked slightly orange up close with small white half-moons under his eyes, which I assume are from tanning goggles".

"Possibly", Comey said. "I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice". Comey said he told Trump "to be careful about that because it might create a narrative that we're investigating you personally". Mr. Trump's early-morning missives slammed the ex-director as a "slimeball", while simultaneously casting Comey as someone he "hardly knew".

Comey is embarking on a public rollout of his book, "A Higher Loyalty", which comes out Tuesday.

The allegation in Trump's tweets about Comey leaking classified information appears to be a reference to Comey passing along to a friend a memo about his interactions after Trump fired him.

But it's not as if Comey's view of the President represents a sudden shock to the electorate.

Major media outlets, including CNN, obtained copies of the book last week and quickly published reports on its scathing and unsparingly critical depictions of the President.

Trump attacked him on Twitter.

Trump's firing of Comey set off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Hillary Clinton says Comey cost her the White House by reopening the Clinton email investigation just 11 days before the 2016 election.

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