Trump blasts re­port of FBI probe

Tweets that for­mer FBI chief was a ‘to­tal sleaze’

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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.” The pres­i­dent also swiped 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.”

Although the re­port was pub­lished Fri­day night and prompted a sharp re­sponse from White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee 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. He re­peated his long-held con­tention that “get­ting along with Rus­sia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

“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,” Sanders said. “Un­like Pres­i­dent Obama, who let Rus­sia and other for­eign ad­ver­saries push Amer­ica around, Pres­i­dent Trump has ac­tu­ally been tough on Rus­sia.”

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