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PoliticsTrump blasts Comey as a 'total sleaze' in response to reports of FBI probe

17:40  12 january  2019
17:40  12 january  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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President Trump blasts James Comey over report on Clinton email probe : 'It doesn't get any lower'. Reacting for the first time to the Justice Department He also criticized anti- Trump messages between a pair of FBI officials involved in an extramarital affair. “The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey

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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" and "crooked cop" and took swipes at special counsel Robert Mueller and the New York Times, which broke the story Friday night.

Trump renews attacks on Comey after NY Times report about FBI probe

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Trump and some Republican lawmakers say the material will prove that anti- Trump bias fatally tainted the early stages of the Russia probe that’s A heavily redacted version of the application to conduct surveillance on Page was released in July in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

President Trump on Saturday morning called his firing of former FBI Director James Comey "a great day for America." Trump went on to insist he has been Special Counsel Robert Mueller subsequently incorporated the probe into his own investigation , the Times reported . Trump went on to insist he

"My firing of James Comey was a great day for America," he tweeted.

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!"

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Trump , however, argued Friday that the Mueller investigation “has been totally discredited,” and singled out Comey While Trump and his allies are using the report on the Clinton email probe to undermine the Russia The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey , his minions and sadly, the FBI .

Trump has often publicly criticized Comey since firing him, but escalated his attacks in response to the book. “It was my great honor to fire James Comey last year accused Trump of pressuring him to pledge loyalty and end a probe involving former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts

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 singled out several FBI agents in his five-part tweetstorm.

"Lyin’ James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter S and his lover, agent Lisa Page, & more, all disgraced and/or fired and caught in the act. These are just some of the losers that tried to do a number on your President," he tweeted. "Part of the Witch Hunt. Remember the 'insurance policy?' This is it!"

Trump was referring to charges that some FBI agents, among them McCabe, Peter Strzok and Page, a colleague Strzok was intimately involved with, were part of a conspiracy to undermine the president.

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GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said the FBI ’s rank-and-file agents will not stop Comey earlier said that nothing incriminating was found in the emails stored on the laptop used by Clinton’s “The rank-and-file special agents at the FBI won't let her get away with her terrible crimes, including

“The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey , his minions and sadly, the FBI ," Trump tweeted early Friday. " Comey will now officially go down as the worst Critics have suggested that Trump 's firing of Comey amounted to obstruction of justice, though Deputy Attorney General wrote a recommendation

Addressing the Russia aspect of the Times report, Trump said he had been "FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any other President."

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.”

The obstruction probe was an idea the FBI had previously considered, but it didn't start until Comey was fired, CNN reported. The justification went beyond Trump's firing of Comey, CNN said, according to its sources, and included the president's conversation with Comey in the Oval Office asking him to drop the investigation into Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump calls report on FBI probe of him 'most insulting'

Trump calls report on FBI probe of him 'most insulting' President Donald Trump has called "most insulting" a published report that federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about his behavior in the days after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they opened an investigation into whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests. 

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election has expanded to include an examination of The investigation into obstruction of justice into Trump reportedly started days after former FBI Director James Comey ’s May 9 ouster.

The FBI agent who was removed from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign for sending anti- Trump texts intends to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and any other congressional committee that asks, his attorney said in a letter made public

Trump insisted last year that he didn't fire Comey because of the Russia investigation, despite video and documentary evidence to the contrary, including a key interview with NBC's Lester Holt.

"Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia!" Trump tweeted shortly after the firing. "The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!"

The FBI director's firing is central to an obstruction of justice investigation being conducted by Mueller, who is also looking into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election in order to help Trump.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump blasts Comey as a 'total sleaze' in response to reports of FBI probe

Transcripts detail how FBI debated whether Trump was 'following directions' of Russia.
In the chaotic aftermath at the FBI following Director James Comey's firing, a half-dozen senior FBI officials huddled to set in motion the momentous move to open an investigation into President Donald Trump that included trying to understand why he was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russia. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); They debated a range of possibilities, according to portions of transcripts of two FBI officials' closed-door congressional interviews obtained by CNN.

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