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USA Today DC bureau chief Susan Page and justice correspondent Kevin Johnson interviewed Comey the other day... It's the "first print exclusive..." Appearing in Monday's print edition. The story is up on USAToday.com now. A video version of the interview will be released at 8am ET...
TUESDAY: On book launch day, Comey will be on "GMA," "Morning Edition," "Fresh Air," and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert..."
USA Today: McLEAN, Va. In an extraordinary interview, former FBI director James Comey called Donald Trump "morally unfit to be president" and said he believed it was possible the Russians were holding compromising personal information over the head of the commander in chief.
Comey's comments and his new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, are fueling a combustible moment in Washington that could become a constitutional crisis. At the White House, Trump has unleashed a barrage of angry tweets against Comey — calling him an "untruthful slime ball," among other insults — amid reports he was poised to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for his role in the Russia investigation that Comey once headed.
Never before in American history has a current or former director of the FBI, the nation's principal law-enforcement agency, publicly described a president in such a scathing manner.
"I actually believe he's morally unfit to be president," Comey told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview Friday at his home in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington. He called that characterization appropriate for "someone who is able to see moral equivalence in (white nationalist protests in) Charlottesville or to speak and treat women like they're pieces of meat and to lie constantly and who appears to lack an external moral framework" of religion or philosophy or history. In an even more explosive comment, Comey said it would be less than honest to rule out the possibility that Trump had been compromised by one of the United States' primary foreign adversaries.
"It's hard to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open to that being a possibility," said Comey, who has served three presidents in senior posts. "There's a non-zero possibility that the Russians have some, some sway over him that is rooted in his personal experience, and I don't know whether that's the business about the activity in a Moscow hotel room or finances or something else."