Former FBI Director James Comey said President Donald Trump is “morally unfit to be president” and “lies constantly about matters big and small” in a scathing new interview.
On a publicity tour Sunday for his forthcoming book, “A Higher Loyalty,” Comey was interviewed on ABC by George Stephanopoulos, the former FBI director’s first interview since being fired by Trump.
In the interview, Comey said Trump is “not fit to be president of the United States,” but does not support impeachment.
“I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty-bound to do directly,” Comey said. “People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values.”
The interview covered many previously-reported details, including demands for loyalty, a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office and the much-disputed memos Comey wrote after interactions with the president.
“A Higher Loyalty” will be released on Tuesday, and Comey’s media tour continues throughout the week with appearances on “Good Morning America,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” “The View” and other outlets.
Comey also said he believes "it's possible" that Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump.
"I think it's possible. I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible," Comey said.
"I (would have) been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't. It's possible," Comey said.
Comey was fired by the President last year in the midst of the FBI's investigation into whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
When he was still FBI chief, Comey briefed Trump on the details of a dossier -- portions of which remain unconfirmed -- that was commissioned as opposition research during the 2016 election and compiled by a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele. The dossier contained salacious allegations about the President during a trip he took to Moscow in 2013.