President Trump lashed out after the New York Times reported that the FBI opened an inquiry into the commander in chief after he fired FBI director James Comey that centered on whether Trump was a national security threat to his own country. The White House calls the reported investigation “absurd.”
President Trump lashed out after the New York Times reported that the FBI opened an inquiry into the commander in chief after he fired FBI Director James Comey that centered on whether Trump was a national security threat to his own country, Politico reports. Trump tweeted 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!” The FBI’s investigation was related to whether Trump had obstructed justice by firing Comey and included a counterintelligence component on whether Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had fallen under the Kremlin’s influence . “This is absurd,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “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.” On Monday, Trump declared, “I never worked for Russia,” Axios reports.
The Times’ report was based on the accounts of unnamed former law enforcement officials, “others familiar with the investigation” and former FBI general counsel James. A Baker’s private congressional testimony. The bureau’s investigation was taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller. The president told NBC’s Lester Holt that he fired Comey over the investigation into Russian collusion. Trump also tweeted that Comey “is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller.” Although Comey and Mueller are acquaintances, Mueller is a good friend of Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, William Barr.