James Comey has accused\u00a0Donald Trump\u00a0of being \u201cmorally unfit\u201d to be president and treating women like \u201cmeat\u201d in his first television interview in support of his new book, A Higher Loyalty.\r\nComey further described Trump as a \u201cstain\u201d on everyone who worked for him, according to a\u00a0transcript of a five-hour interview\u00a0published by ABC and first obtained by the New York Times.\r\nYet Comey said he does not wish for Trump\u2019s impeachment because that \u201cwould let the American people off the hook\u201d.\r\n\u201cPeople in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values,\u201d Comey said. \u201cAnd impeachment in a way would short-circuit that.\u201d\r\nA one-hour edited version of the interview with George Stephanopolous aired on ABC News on Sunday night.\r\n\u201cOur president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country,\u201d Comey told Stephanopoulos. \u201cThe most important being truth. This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president.\u201d\r\nTurning first to Trump\u2019s defence of a white supremacists\u2019 march, he said: \u201cA person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they\u2019re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person\u2019s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds.\u201d\r\nReplying to a question about whether Trump had committed an obstruction of justice, Comey said \u201cit\u2019s possible\u201d.\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice,\u201d Comey said. But for the president to follow through on threats to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Comey said, would \u201cset off alarm bells that this is his most serious attack yet on the rule of law\u201d.\r\nIn his book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and challenges the president\u2019s character, honesty and commitment to public service.\r\nSitting in his Virginia living room across from Stephanopolous, Comey answered questions about the Trump team\u2019s response to Russian election tampering, about his handling of the Clinton emails investigation and his personal impressions of the president-elect.\r\n\r\n\u201cHe had impressively coiffed hair that looks to be all his,\u201d Comey said. \u201cI confess I stared at it pretty closely \u2026 He looked slightly orange up close with small white half-moons under his eyes which I assume were from tanning goggles.\u201d\r\nComey also described the \u201creally weird\u201d Trump Tower meeting in which he briefed the president-elect on the contents of an unverified intelligence document compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, including allegations that Trump had been in a Moscow hotel room in 2013 with urinating Russian prostitutes.\r\n\u201cI did not go into the business about people peeing on each other\u201d in his briefing with Trump, Comey said. \u201cI just wanted to get it done and get out of there.\u201d\r\nIt was \u201cunlikely\u201d but \u201cpossible\u201d that Russians had material with which to blackmail or otherwise compromise Trump, Comey said. \u201cIt is stunning, and I wish I wasn\u2019t saying it, but it\u2019s the truth.\u201d\r\nComey spoke for the first time about his immediate family\u2019s disappointment at Hillary Clinton\u2019s loss. He said his four daughters and his wife, Patrice Comey, all wanted Clinton to win, and as the ABC broadcast showed pictures of them protesting, Comey disclosed they attended the Women\u2019s March in Washington a day after Trump\u2019s inauguration.\r\nComey responded to criticism by Clinton and others that he had cost her the election by making public a late-stage twist in an investigation of her emails.\r\n\u201cIt sucked,\u201d he said.\r\nAfter the election, Comey said, he felt \u201cvaguely sick to my stomach, feeling beaten down. I felt that I was totally alone, that everybody hated me, and that there was no way out because it was the right thing to do\u201d.\r\nBut Comey said he would make the same decision again, quoting verbatim from his book: \u201cDown that path lies the death of the FBI as an independent force in American life.\u201d\r\nComey described his intense discomfort at his first meeting with the president, at a reception for law enforcement officials at the White House two days after the election. Comey tried to camouflage himself in the drapery but was spotted by Trump and called across the room, video of which moment has been widely circulated.\r\nPatrice Comey called the look on his face in the video \u201cJim\u2019s Oh Shit face,\u201d Comey said.\r\nComey also detailed a\u00a0one-on-one dinner with Trump\u00a0in the Green room of the White House at which he said Trump asked for his pledge of loyalty \u2013 an account Trump has denied.\r\nTrump made his pitch \u201cafter the salad but before the shrimp scampi\u201d, Comey said. The former FBI director said \u2013 not wanting to give the president any signals and realizing the gravity of the moment \u2013 that he thought to himself: \u201cDon\u2019t you dare move.\u201d\r\nComey dismissed Trump\u2019s denial of a different scene, in which Comey said Trump told him to \u201clet go\u201d of an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.\r\n\u201cThe president says he didn\u2019t say that,\u201d Stephanopoulos said. \u201cWhat am I gonna do? He did,\u201d Comey replied with a shrug.\r\nBrisk pre-sales for the book, and the ambitious national tour Comey has planned beginning in New York City on Tuesday, have prompted criticism about the amount of money Comey seems to be making as he settles scores with the president.\r\nYet Comey\u2019s career as a government prosecutor speaks to the seriousness of his commitment to the public good, and whatever other motivations he may have for going in front of the cameras, Comey clearly sees Trump as a threat to the country and sees himself as capable of defending it.\r\nComey described his reaction to finding out on TV, during a trip to California, that he had been fired less than halfway through his 10-year term.\r\n\u201cThat\u2019s crazy,\u201d Comey remembered thinking. \u201cHow could that be?\u201d Then Comey got on the FBI plane for the long flight back to Washington.\r\n\u201cI drank red wine from a paper coffee cup and just looked out at the lights of the country I love so much as we flew home.\u201d\r\nThe White House did not reply to a query about whether Trump planned to watch the Comey interview, which was taped earlier in the week. Trump did not tweet during the broadcast.\r\nHowever, Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee chairwoman,\u00a0said on Twitter\u00a0that Comey had \u201cno credibility\u201d and \u201chis true higher loyalty is to himself\u201d.