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Comey says `morally unfit' Trump at risk of Russian blackmail

Comey says `morally unfit' Trump at risk of Russian blackmail

Just ahead of Comey's interview, Mr. Trump fired off a series of tweets Sunday morning labeling Comey a "slimeball" and "WORST FBI Director in history, by far", while the president also said he "hardly even knew this guy".

Mr Comey said it is "possible, but I don't know" whether Russian Federation has evidence to back up the allegations about Mr Trump's Moscow trip.

Mr. Comey said Mr. Trump is "a stain" on everyone who comes into contact with him, a man who treats women "like they're pieces of meat" and "morally unfit to be president".

"These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible", Comey told ABC News' chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

ABC producers and editors worked for several days to highlight the best parts of the interview for their prime-time special. But, she said, "if they feel there was any wrongdoing, they should certainly look into that just as they do on a number of other topics".

The comments come a day after the Justice Departmentinspector general released a report accusing Andrew McCabe, Comey's former deputy, of lying repeatedly as they investigated a media disclosure he had authorized. Comey has said that some of the memos he wrote after meeting with Trump included classified material but that the one he passed to a friend did not.

Trump told Comey that he had not stayed overnight in the Moscow hotel and that the claims related to the prostitutes were not true, Comey said.

"It is stunning and I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's just - it's the truth", he says, but adds that it always has struck him as unlikely. "Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country", he explains.

The jumble of references appeared to allude to unsubstantiated accusations Trump has previously made claiming Comey lied in Senate testimony last May in denying he had served as an anonymous news source.

Comey was also forceful in his condemnation of Trump's treatment of women and his embrace of white supremacists in the aftermath of last summer's neo-Nazi rally in Virginia.

"I think it's possible, I don't know", he said.

He told ABC News that Mr. Trump lies constantly and may have obstructed justice.

Comey added that he thinks its "possible" Russian Federation has compromising material on Trump, albeit "unlikely".

The former FBI director said he still would've sent the letter reopening the investigation into the emails before the 2016 election, even though Clinton and her team blamed it for her loss.

Comey's explosive book, which is apparently highly critical of Trump, will hit the bookshelves next week.

In his press tour, Comey is sure to be asked to weigh in on Trump and the various twists and turns in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as well as any potential links between Russia and Trump campaign associates.

The "20/20" interview was Comey's first since Trump fired him last May.

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

Merriam-Webster, a Springfield, Massachusetts, publisher of dictionaries since the 19th century, defines "slimeball" as "a morally repulsive or odious person". He said in the Sunday interview that he felt Lynch had compromised the Justice Department by becoming too close to the Clintons, and he felt the need to distance the Federal Bureau of Investigation from the Attorney General.

Comey also spoke about the Clinton investigation, revealing that his certainty of her victory may have played a role in the probe. He believes Americans are "duty bound" to "go to the voting booth and vote their values".