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’I worry about his fitness: Intel Dem concluded Comey memos ‘call into question the fitness of the president to serve’

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A top Democrat on the House Intel Committee told MSNBC’s Ari Melber that the leaked James Comey memos call into question the ability of President Donald Trump to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

Congressman Jackie Speier (D-CA) revealed her fears on The Beat with Ari Melber on Friday.

“Congresswoman, much has come out and much has been discussed about these Comey Memos,” Melber noted. “Walk us through what you think is significant about this and was congress right to leak them?”

“Well, this is an example where the majority, the Republicans, wanted desperately for those memos to come under their possession, so that they could use them as a weapon,” Rep. Speier replied. “They then, I think, leaked them immediately and it sort of blew up in their faces.”

“I think that it underscores Comey’s reputation, generally, as, you know, being straight-shooter accurate,” she continued later in the segment.

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“I also think it calls into question — once again — the fitness of the president to serve,” the congresswoman argued. “Because, as Comey said in those contemporaneous notes, it was like a puzzle — he was throwing one puzzle piece down and then putting it back up, jumping from one topic to another, in a monologue.”

“He does not track well,” she concluded. “And, in terms of his ability to lie, we have seen that over and over and over again.”

“Congresswoman, when you say, these memos make you question Donald Trump’s fitness, what do you mean?” Melber asked.

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“I have, for a long time, been very concerned about the president’s fitness to serve,” Rep. Speier replied. “In this case, with Director Comey, and how he jumps from topic to topic, there isn’t the kind of discipline associated with what we would expect the president to have.”

“But do these memos in your view raise questions about his actual ability to do the job and his legitimacy?” Melber asked again.

“Well, I would suggest to you that what it shows is that he does not have the discipline to be able to have a conversation — to engage with someone in a manner that has a give and take — that he is constantly jumping from one topic to another,” she replied. “He does that in his press conferences all the time, he continues to repeat sentences over and over again.”

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“I worry about his fitness,” she concluded.

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