On Saturday morning, President Trump took to Twitter with a barrage of posts which alleged that his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey caused the FBI to launch a counterintelligence investigation into potential Russian ties.
According to the president’s tweets, Trump learned the FBI launched the investigation “for no reason and with no proof.”
“Wow, just learned … 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!” Trump said in a series of tweets on Saturday morning.
In another tweet, Trump said “everybody” was calling for Comey’s firing after he “rigged and botched” the investigation into Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opposition in the 2016 presidential election.
“Funny thing about James Comey. Everybody wanted him fired, Republican and Democrat alike. After the rigged & botched Crooked Hillary investigation, where she was interviewed on July 4th Weekend, not recorded or sworn in, and where she said she didn’t know anything (a lie),” the president tweeted.
Trump then praised his own decision to fire Comey, who he called a “crooked cop,” amid “turmoil” in the FBI and the Justice Department.
“The FBI was in complete turmoil (see N.Y. Post) because of Comey’s poor leadership and the way he handled the Clinton mess (not to mention his usurpation of powers from the Justice Department),” Trump continued in the series of tweets. “My firing of James Comey was a great day for America.”
“He was a Crooked Cop who is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller, & the 13 Angry Democrats – leaking machines who have NO interest in going after the Real Collusion (and much more) by Crooked Hillary Clinton, her Campaign, and the Democratic National Committee. Just Watch!” the president added.
“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. Part of the Witch Hunt. Remember the ‘insurance policy?’ This is it!” Trump said in another post.
Here’s more on Trump’s decision to fire Comey and the ensuing investigation, via the Hill:
Comey’s firing in 2017 is a focal point of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump attempted to obstruct the probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump and his allies have offered a series of changing explanations for his decision to fire Comey, which has complicated investigators’ effort to determine his intent.
The firing of Comey was reportedly used as justification for the investigation being opened.
In a later post, Trump said that he already has a track record of being tough on Russia, but he hopes to one day better their relationship with the U.S.
“I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any other President. At the same time, & as I have often said, getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. I fully expect that someday we will have good relations with Russia again!” Trump tweeted.
H/T: The Washington Examiner