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

Comey delivers the keynote remarks at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership Dinner

Comey gave a tell-all interview with George Stephanopoulos Sunday night, revealing many things, even saying it's possible the president obstructed justice when he pressured him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn.

But what does this new book mean long-term in our country's political landscape? Melissa Michelson, a political science professor at Menlo College.

Below is a rough transcript of their conversation. Trump suggested over the weekend on Twitter that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director should face jail time. Does that color his reasoning behind writing the book?

Comey responded: "Yes. But not in the way I often hear people talk about it".

But Trump said in a tweet before the interview aired that he never asked for personal loyalty. He went even further while promoting the book in an ABC interview with anchor George Stephanopoulos. That should be of great interest to historians, but it still doesn't tell us whether to believe Comey or Trump about what went on between them.

"3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint", he wrote.

The Republican National Committee has already questioned the former director's credibility by launching a website titled "Lyin' Comey".

In March, the Trump administration expelled 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies from the United States after Britain accused Russia of attacking a former spy, living in Britain, with a military-grade nerve agent.

To assure that presidents did not become elected despots, and to guarantee that unfit leaders could be removed when necessary, Mason argued at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that "No point is of more importance than that the right of impeachment should be continued".

In this way he has joined Trump - who tweeted that Comey was a "slimeball" - in the sandpit with all the other toddlers, and rather detracts from the impact of his other assertions.

On Monday, Trump pulled the plug on sanctions aimed at Russian companies behind the equipment related to Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged chemical weapons attack, after the sanctions were announced Sunday by Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. There is no indication Comey is under investigation for doing either.

"He made a public spectacle of the conclusion of the email investigation, breaking with Department norms, calling into question the integrity of the process", Merrill said of the July announcement.

The Bush hardliners were trying to get Ashcroft to certify expanded NSA surveillance as legal, while Comey and Mueller insisted the measures were illegal unless a judge signed off on the spying. But they also are sending mixed messages about the way forward with the Russians.

James Comey joins Rachel Maddow live in-studio Thursday at 9 p.m., ET, on MSNBC. "Again, I don't care what your views are on guns or immigration or taxes", Comey added.

Josh Gerstein, White House reporter for Politico. I hope not, because 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. And the answer? It's too soon to tell.

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