Former FBI Director James Comey told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News in an interview broadcast on Sunday night that he “deeply” respects former President Barack Obama “and his higher loyalty to the values I care a lot about” but that current President Donald Trump is “morally unfit” to be president.
When Obama, who Comey believes has a “higher loyalty to the values I care a lot about,” served in the Illinois state legislature, he repeatedly opposed a bill that would have treated babies who survived late-term abortions as “persons” who have the same constitutional rights as any other person.
“I came to deeply respect him, and his higher loyalty to the values I care a lot about,” Comey told Stephanopoulos in describing a post-2016-election meeting with Obama. “I almost got emotional in that moment 'cause, again, I'd been walking around like Bruce Willis in ‘The Sixth Sense.’ And have the president of the United States say, "I still respect you for the reasons I did originally," meant a lot to me.”
Comey went on to tell Obama that he was dreading the Trump presidency.
“I said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President. It has been a nightmare. I'm just--I've just tried to do the right thing,’” Comey said. “And he said, ‘I know. I know.’ And then I said, ‘I think my wife would kill me if I didn't take this chance to thank you, and to tell you how much I'm going to miss you.”
“I told him that, ‘I dread the next four years. But in many ways, I feel great pressure to stay to try and protect the institution I lead,’” Comey said.
Stephanopoulos asked Comey during the interview whether Trump was “unfit to be president.”
Comey said Trump was “morally unfit” for the office.
“Is Donald Trump unfit to be president?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“Yes,” Comey said. “But not in the way-- I often hear people talk about it. I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia. 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.”
“There's something more important than that that should unite all of us, and that is our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country,” Comey said a moment later. “The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president.”