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James Comey says Donald Trump is 'morally unfit' to be president in primetime interview

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Photo: Shealah Craighead / The White House; Photo: FBI (via MGN)

WASHINGTON (Circa) – Former FBI director James Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in a primetime interview to promote his book that he believes President Trump is "morally unfit" to serve as President of the United States.

"Yes. But not in the way m-- I often hear people talk about it. I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia," Comey said. "He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on. I don't think he's medically unfit to be president. I think he's morally unfit to be president."

Comey cites President Trump's comments in the wake of violence during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. as one of the reasons behind his feelings.

"A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds," Comey told ABC News. "And that's not a policy statement. Again, I don't care what your views are on guns or immigration or taxes."

The former director also believes that it is possible President Trump was compromised by the Russian government. He says that this is a "stunning" development and something he didn't think he would ever say about the President of the United States.

"I think it's possible. I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible," Comey said. "It is stunning and I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's just-- it's the truth. I cannot say that. It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I woulda been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't. It's possible"

Comey also revealed that Trump could've obstructed justice in his quest to end an investigation looking into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The former director alleges Trump specifically gave him a direction to end looking into Flynn.

"I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. It would depend and-- and I'm just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor, it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent," he said.

Comey's book about his experiences in the Trump White House is expected to hit bookstores on Tuesday. Sunday's interview is just one of the many media stops he'll be making to promote his book including "Good Morning America" and CNN. President Trump referred to the book as "badly reviewed" and inferred that he should be in jail during a tweetstorm posted on Sunday morning.

Trump also called Comey, "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"

"This president does not reflect the values of this country," Comey said as his interview ended.