Trump blasts report of FBI investigation
Tweets that former FBI chief was a ‘total sleaze’
President Donald Trump, in response to reports that the FBI began an investigation of him last year to find out whether he had a clandestine agenda to help Russia, said Saturday that former FBI director James Comey and other “losers” at the bureau “tried to do a number on your President.”
He called Comey a “total sleaze” and “crooked cop.” The president also took swipes at special counsel Robert Mueller and the New York Times, which broke the story Friday night. “My firing of James Comey was a great day for America,” he tweeted.
Comey responded Saturday morning in a tweet that quoted President Franklin D. Roosevelt:
“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
The newspaper said the decision to investigate Trump himself was an aggressive move by FBI officials confronting the chaotic aftermath of the firing of Comey and enduring the president’s verbal assaults on the Russia investigation as a “witch hunt.”
CNN reported that counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russia.
Both news organizations said Trump’s firing of Comey was a major factor prompting the FBI to take action.
Although the report was published Friday night and prompted a sharp response from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, Trump did not weigh in until 7:05 a.m Saturday.
“Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!
In a series of tweets, he said the FBI was in “complete turmoil” at the time because of Comey’s “poor leadership” and his handling of an investigation of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“My firing of James Comey was a great day for America,” Trump tweeted. “He was a Crooked Cop ........... who is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller, & the 13 Angry Democrats...”
He repeated his long-held contention that “getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”
Sanders said in her statement Friday night that Comey was fired for just cause and that Trump has never favored Russia.
“This is absurd. James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the FBI. Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”