White House allies attack James Comey’s ‘God complex’ after scathing interview
Donald Trump’s allies claimed ex-FBI director James Comey has a “God complex” and is politically biased after he declared the president “morally unfit” for office during an excoriating interview.
White House supporters took to the airwaves to trash Mr Comey after his prime time interview with ABC News triggered a string of damaging headlines for Mr Trump.
Kellyanne Conway, a counsellor to the president, claimed Mr Comey was pushing a “revisionist version of history" and had sunk into the “gutter” by mocking the president’s physical appearance.
She also noted that Mr Comey’s wife and children all wanted Hillary Clinton to become president and questioned his call for Americans to vote out Mr Trump at the next election.
Jason Miller, Mr Trump’s former campaign spokesman, said Mr Comey “has a God complex” and thinks “he’s the only one who can decide when things are right”.
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The president himself, who had dubbed Mr Comey a “slime ball” before the interview, reacted by tweeting that the FBI director he fired was “disgruntled”.
The backlash came after the airing on Sunday night of an hour-long interview with Mr Comey, the first since he was dismissed from the role in May 2017.
In it Mr Comey said it was possible Mr Trump had obstructed justice by urging him to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.
He said the Russians may have compromising material on the president, claiming it was “possible” allegations Mr Trump asked prostitutes to urinate on each other were true. The president has always denied the claim.
Mr Comey also said Mr Trump treats women like “meat”, is a serial liar and demands loyalty from those around him in the same way a mob boss does.
However the ex-intelligence official fell short of backing impeachment, saying it was up to the American people to vote Mr Trump out of office in an election.
The interview, timed to coincide with his book A Higher Loyalty, which comes out on Tuesday, contained few new revelations but was packed with Mr Comey’s damning opinions of the president.
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Mr Comey said: “I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president.
Mr Comey said he saw the comment as a direction to drop the investigation into Mr Flynn, adding that the remarks are “evidence of obstruction of justice”. Mr Trump denies saying the words.
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On whether Mr Trump should be impeached, Mr Comey said: “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.”
He also defended his handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, saying he would acted the same way when asked if he regretted announcing the reopening of the investigation 11 days before the US election. The move is widely seen to have benefited Mr Trump.
Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Mr Trump watched parts of the interview. She called Mr Comey a "self-admitted leaker" who had "been proven to be dishonest".