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Comey: 'Patriots need to stand up and reject' Trump's behavior

The Hill logo The Hill 7/16/2018 Aris Folley

James Comey, Donald Trump are posing for a picture © Provided by The Hill Former FBI Director James Comey slammed President Trump for appearing to side with Russian president Vladimir Putin over his denial of involvement in the 2016 election.

"This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country," Comey said in a tweet hours after Trump's controversial press conference with Putin in Helsinki.

"Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president," said Comey, who was fired by Trump last year during his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump White House and Russia.

Trump drew instant backlash from lawmakers and the media during his press conference with Putin on Monday after he downplayed the Russian government's interference in the 2016 presidential election and slammed the special counsel investigation.

"The probe is a disaster for our country. I think it's kept us separated. There was no collusion at all. Everybody knows it," Trump said alongside Putin.

When asked during the press conference whether he would condemn the Russian government for election meddling, Trump also said: "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia who hacked Democrats during the 2016 election.

On Friday, 12 Russian nationals were indicted on charges related to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

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