Former FBI director James Comey, fired by President Donald Trump, May 9, 2017, has been making the media rounds across the United States (US), promoting his new memoir: "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership", Flatiron Books; in which, according to media reports (for I have not read the book), he delivers a scathing moral assessment of Trump.
"This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values...His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty," the New York Times reviewed Comey's book.
The BBC-News reporting on Comey's interview with the ABC television network's program 20/20, cites Comey as declaring Trump "morally unfit to be president". Comey told the program:"I don't buy this stuff about him (Trump) being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia." He added: "I don't think he's medically unfit to be president. I think he's morally unfit to be president."
Comey explained: "Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that."
The former FBI director's description of the president, which by the way, and starkly enough, is shared either verbally or quietly by many people, underscores the current unprecedented climate of the state of affairs surrounding the US presidency under Donald Trump.
A seemingly unsettled rationale exhibited by this 45th president, barrages of Twitter tweets criticizing opponents - firing people and revealing intended military actions, along with an ongoing anti-immigrant policy, an isolationist stance per environmental agreements, controversy over any possible Russian connection, an ongoing criminal probe into his campaign for president, matters concerning past extramarital affairs and other questions, have remained fluid ever since Trump ascended to the High Office of President of the United States.
While the president rejects the lawman's assessment, it should be duly noted that Comey is no stranger to controversy either. Comey, confirmed by the US Senate on July 29, 2013, to become the 7th director of the FBI, raised eyebrows across the nation back on October 28, 2016, less than two weeks before the US Presidential elections, when he unexpectedly announced that his agency would investigate more emails linked to the private server of Hillary Clinton, who looked well on her way to becoming the first woman president. As history would have it, Clinton faltered at the polls and Trump won the election.
Comey's categorization of Trump and Trump's reaction to him as well as to other ongoing issues pertaining to the legitimacy of his presidency, all speak of an unprecedented time in the current affairs of the US Republic.