In an ABC TV interview, James Comey attacked Donald Trump and called him “morally unfit to be president”.
In a transcript of the five-hour interview published by ABC, the ex-FBI chief who was fired last year, lashed out at the US President over his treatment of women and his attitude to the white supremacists’ march in Charlottesville.
“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 told ABC TV.
Comey carried out the interview to support his new book, A Higher Ground. In the book, he compares Trump to a mafia don and makes various personal attacks.
“He had impressively coiffed hair that looks to be all his,” Comey said. “I confess I stared at it pretty closely … He looked slightly orange up close with small white half-moons under his eyes which I assume were from tanning goggles.”
Comey went onto share his disappointment over Trump’s presidential win, saying that “it sucked” when Trump won the election. He said that after the election, he felt “vaguely sick to my stomach, feeling beaten down. I felt that I was totally alone, that everybody hated me, and that there was no way out because it was the right thing to do”.
Despite the various attacks Comey made against the US President, he said that he was not in favour of impeachment 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.”
Trump has not responded to Comey’s interview and did not tweet during the broadcast.