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RI lawmakers express concerns on war of words between Comey, Trump

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Rhode Island lawmakers are weighing in on the escalating war of words between former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump.

In a TV interview ahead of the release of his new book, Comey lobbed personal attacks at Trump, and also called the president morally unfit to lead.

"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 said in the interview.

Comey also said Trump may have obstructed justice when he asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Advisory Michael Flynn.

Trump responded to the interview with his own personal attacks on Twitter, calling him "the worst FBI Director in history, by far."

Eyewitness News spoke to Congressman David Cicilline and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who both admitted concerns with Comey's credibility. But both men also believe the issues he raises are valid.

"Well look, I've had my own quarrels with some of the judgments he's made, but I've never questioned his integrity, his truthfulness, or his intention to make the decisions that he felt were right at the time," Cicilline said.

"While I may not agree with all the decisions that he's made and while I'm very critical of some of them, overall I don't think that when he says the president is morally unfit to serve, it's something that you can just discard lightly, I think we have to be concerned about that," Whitehouse added.

Whitehouse Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president only watched bits and pieces of Comey's interview and attacked Comey's credibility by calling him dishonest and a self-admitted liar.


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