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

The Hill logo The Hill 1/12/2019 John Bowden

a person wearing a costume: President Trump called James Comey a "crooked cop." © Getty Images President Trump called James Comey a "crooked cop." President Trump argued Saturday that his firing of former FBI Director James Comey was justified, calling the former intelligence official a "crooked cop" who Trump says is being "protected" by the special counsel investigation.

In a series of tweets, the president lashed out at Comey hours after the publication of a New York Times report claiming that the FBI had opened an investigation into whether Trump was working directly with Russia's Vladimir Putin after Comey's firing.

"Funny thing about James Comey. Everybody wanted him fired, Republican and Democrat alike," Trump wrote on Twitter.

"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," the president added.

The president also took aim at the investigation itself, which the Times reports was folded in to the larger special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller after his appointment.

"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!" Trump tweeted.

The president's comments came hours after the Times reported Friday night that the president's actions immediately following Comey's firing, including his statements to Russian diplomats about the investigation, concerned FBI agents to the point that an investigation was launched into whether Trump and Putin had a direct relationship.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called news of the investigation "absurd," claiming that "unlike" his predecessor, Trump had enacted a tough foreign policy stance that confronted Russia on global issues.

"James Comey was fired because he's a disgraced partisan hack," she said, according to NBC.

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

Comey's 2017 firing is a central aspect of Robert Mueller's investigation, which has sought to determine Trump's reasoning for Comey's ouster amid differing explanations offered by the president and his staffers over the past almost two years.

The president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, dismissed the Times report in his own statement claiming that investigators had found "nothing" linking Trump to Russia's government.

"The fact that it goes back a year and a half and nothing came of it that showed a breach of national security means they found nothing," Giuliani said.


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