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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."

 
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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostApr-19 9:47 AM 
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Comey's Thursday schedule

Comey will sit down with Jake Tapper on CNN's "The Lead" at 4pm... Then he'll head over to The Town Hall for a ticketed taping of The New Yorker Radio Hour with David Remnick... And he'll end the day on "The Rachel Maddow Show" at 9pm...

Lowry's notes on Comey TV

Brian Lowry emails: Taking in the James Comey media tour this week, it's been interesting to see how our movie-and-TV-informed image of the FBI -- eager to cast the former director in those terms by likening him to screen depictions of lawmen -- has clashed with the more complicated aspects of his story. It's also notable that Comey has actually fared better after his initial George Stephanopoulos interview, as he moves into lighter venues and refines his message, in advance of his stops on cable news. Read Lowry's column here...

Colbert got a Comey boost

Frank Pallotta emails: Stephen Colbert's Comey interview gave the "Late Show" a big win on Tuesday night. The show nabbed a 3.5 overnight rating, which was its highest overnight rating this season and third highest ever for the show. Most impressively, the show's rating beat the combined total of its rival, the two Jimmys, and won the 18-49 demo...

 --> Brian Lowry adds: Colbert really appeared to be at his best -- as MSNBC's Lawrence O’Donnell put it, managing to be "informative, challenging, thorough, entertaining" all at once...

 

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