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Former FBI Director James Comey says he believes that President Donald Trump "treats women like they're pieces of meat" as part of his larger critique of the commander in chief as morally unfit for the office.

"A person who treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly. and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be President of the U.S., on moral grounds", he added.

The book's imminent release - and the slated ABC News interview - prompted Trump to hurl a new set of insults at Comey earlier on Sunday, challenging accusations made in the book, and insisting that he never pressed Comey to be loyal to him.

Comey also discussed the first time he met the newly elected Trump in person in January 2017 to talk about the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

When asked about Trump's relationship with Putin, Comey said he was concerned with Trump because "he won't criticize Vladimir Putin even in private".

"I think he's morally unfit to be president", Comey said, in his first televised interview since being fired in May past year.

Trump on Monday again alleged that while Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey prematurely decided he would not recommend his Justice Department bosses prosecute Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

In his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee a year ago, Comey said he believes the President asked him to "drop any investigation of Flynn", a reference to former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Still, he says it strikes him as unlikely, but something that he can't say without high confidence.

"I think it's possible". Among GOP voters, there appears to be little agreement with Comey's contention that Trump's moral failings make him unqualified to be president.

"He had impressively coiffed hair, his tie was too long as it always is, he looked slightly orange up close with small white half-moons under his eyes, which I assume are from tanning goggles", he said. "And awful things happen in forest fires", Comey said. But he did not watch the entire program, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said. "It was important to tell the email story because it's me trying to figure out how to lead well", he said. "That she's going to be elected president, and if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out".

Following this, interviewer George Stephanopoulos: "You can't say for certain that the president of the United States is not compromised by the Russians?" They don't deny that Comey is sanctimonious and plainly sees himself as the Last Man of Integrity.

Opponents of the President have suggested Mr Comey was dismissed because he was leading the investigation into alleged links between Mr Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation. But again, I hope it illustrates to people that I really wasn't making decisions based on political fortunes'.

"If he called you today saying he meant to quit, what would you tell him?"

"And I have every confidence that Jim Comey accurately copied, collected, recounted what exactly went on during those discussions", former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said.

In July of 2016, Comey announced that he wasn't recommending charges against Clinton, but stated that Clinton and her aides were "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information.

"I think it's possible, I don't know".

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