Comey: Trump is 'morally unfit' to be president, might be 'compromised'

James Comey described US President Donald Trump as

"That she's going to be elected president, and if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out". "He is morally unfit to be president".

In an interview with ABC's "20/20" that aired on Sunday evening, Comey explained how he didn't want to attend and actively tried to avoid Trump during a reception for law-enforcement leaders the day after the president's inauguration. But he said Trump's moral qualifications were lacking.

Comey addressed a meeting in which he briefed Trump on allegations that Russian Federation had videotaped the future president having prostitutes urinate on each other in a Moscow hotel room: "He was very defensive and started to launch into. the list of people who had accused him of touching them improperly, sexual assault and how he hadn't done this, he hadn't done that". Comey also revealed during the hearing that he documented his interactions with Trump because he was "concerned" that the President "might lie about the nature of our meeting".

"People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values", he said.

"I don't know", Comey said of the Russians.

When Stephanopoulos brought up the critics who accused Comey of going easy on Clinton with his wishy-washy statement, he insisted that wasn't true - even as he began to say he made a mistake with his choice of words.

On the controversy over his decision to disclose to the public shortly before the 2016 election that the FBI had reopened its investigation into candidate Clinton's email use, Comey said he did not remember "consciously thinking" about the election results.

President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with James Comey, then director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington on January 22, 2017.

He also answered "possibly" when asked if the president was attempting to obstruct justice when he cleared the Oval Office of other officials last February before encouraging him to close the investigation into Flynn, who by that point was suspected of lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts.

"And the audience could see my face change, so they start turning around looking at the back", Comey recalled.

Comey described both their arms as "tense" during the encounter and also described how Trump leaned forward to Comey's right ear to say he was looking forward to working together.

Still, he said it strikes him as unlikely but something that he can't say without high confidence.

After the Steele dossier, which had been funded by Democrats during the campaign, was published by Buzzfeed days later, Comey spoke with Trump about the matter again by phone.

In calling Comey a leaker, Trump is likely referring to the notes Comey admitted to leaking to his friend. "I hope you can let this go".

Trump attacked him on Twitter.

Last year, a friend of Comey's told The New York Times that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director tried to use his long arms to initiate a hand shake, rather than a hug, as he finished crossing the room.

"It was him talking nearly the entire time, which I've discovered is something he frequently does".

"He asked for my loyalty personally as the F.B.I. director". I'm not trying to, by the way, suggest that President Trump is out breaking legs and-you know, shaking down shopkeepers. It was, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated interviews of the year. "His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!"

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