James Comey offered a historical quote that resembled his response to President Donald Trump's tweet, calling the former FBI Director & # 39; in total sleaze & # 39; and a crooked cop & # 39; called.
& # 39; I ask you to judge me on the basis of the enemies that I have made, & # 39; said Comey on Saturday, with a quote from former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The message contained no reference to the president, but came after Trump had spent the entire morning furious with special counsel Robert Mueller, the FBI, his agents, and a report from the New York Times that the Trump office was the possible secret of Russia. researching.
James Comey offered a historical quotation that resembled his response to President Donald Trump's tweet, calling the former FBI director & # 39; total loss sleaze & # 39; and a crooked cop & # 39; called
Comey quoted former president Franklin D. Roosevelt
Trump fired back in a furious Twitter rant on Saturday after it was reported that the FBI started an investigation to determine whether he was a secret Russian agent in the days after he dismissed Comey.
Trump tweeted on Saturday morning: Wow, I've just heard in the Falling New York Times that the corrupt former FBI leaders, who are almost all fired or forced to leave the office for some very bad reasons, opened research on me, because no reason and without proof, after I had dismissed Lyin & James Comey, a total sleaze!
He continued: & # 39; The funny thing about James Comey. Everyone wanted to fire him, both Republican and Democrat. After the witnessed and failed Crooked Hillary investigation, where she was interviewed on July 4, not recorded or sworn in, and where she said she knew nothing (a lie). & # 39;
Referring to nameless former law enforcement officials, the New York Times reported Friday that the FBI opened the combined criminal and counter-espionage survey in May 2017.
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President Donald Trump shot back in a furious Twitter rant on Saturday after it was reported that the FBI started an investigation to determine whether he was a secret Russian agent in the days after he fired FBI director James Comey
The FBI opened an investigation into President Donald Trump to determine whether he was a secret Russian agent in the days after he dismissed FBI director James Comey, a new report claims
Trump continued to tweet: "The FBI was in complete turmoil (see NY Post) because of Comey's bad leadership and the way he dealt with the Clinton mess (not to mention his usurpation of powers from the ministry of Justice). My firing of James Comey was a great day for America. He was a Crooked Cop.
& # 39; … fully protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller, and the 13 Angry Democrats – leaking machines that are NOT interested in the real amalgamation (and more) of Crooked Hillary Clinton, its Campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Just look!
I've been much harder on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Perhaps more difficult than any other president. At the same time, and as I have often said, it is good to do something with Russia, not a bad thing. I fully expect that we will once again have good relations with Russia!
& # 39; Lyin & # 39; James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter S and his beloved, agent Lisa Page, & more, all dishonored and / or fired and caught in the act. These are just some of the losers trying to get a number from your president. Part of the witch hunt. Think of the & # 39; insurance policy? & # 39; This is it! & # 39;
Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani had previously rejected the alleged investigation as unfounded, noting that no evidence has been published in the 20 months thereafter to support the idea that Trump is a secret Russian agent.
"The fact that it goes back a year and a half and does not bring anything to a violation of national security means that they have not found anything," Giuliani told the Times.
Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017, referring to a letter from Deputy Prosecutor General Rod Rosenstein that sharply criticized Hillary Clinton's e-mail investigation by Comey.
However, sources tell the Times that two events have alarmed the FBI that Trump Comey fired in an attempt to stifle their investigation into possible Russian election efforts.
The first was a draft of the letter that Trump Comey wanted to send to inform him of the gunfight, of which the Times reports reported the investigation in Russia.
The design was never sent after Rosenstein told Trump to drop the mention of Russia in the letter.
In the final version of the letter that was sent and made public, the survey is mentioned obliquely and Comey is thanked for noting it on three different occasions that I am not being investigated.
Former FBI director James Comey (C) speaks to the news media after a day-long closed door hearing at the US Capitol in Washington, DC in December 2018
The second number that reportedly related to the FBI was Trumps interview of May 11, 2017 with NBC News, in which Lest Holt had printed him on the timing of shooting.
I would fire Comey – there was no good time to do it, & # 39; Trump said.
& In fact, when I decided to just do it, I told myself – I said, you know, this Russia event with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It is an excuse from the Democrats for losing an election they should have won, "Trump continued.
Trump's opponents took this statement as evidence that he fired Comey out of anger about the investigation in Russia.
The president's supporters, however, have said that he indicates that he knew that the timing of the shooting looks bad, but decided to continue because nothing was left with the Russian collusion allegations.
Fanning the concerns of the FBI was the dirty file & # 39; from Christopher Steele of unsubstantiated accusations funded by Democrats, but at that time probes justified at the Ministry of Justice.
Trump can be seen on 11 May 2017 with Lester Holt (right), of which the FBI allegedly thought that the evidence could be that the president was a secret Russian agent
In response to the events, the FBI began to investigate, according to the Times, whether Trump was a secret Russian agent.
The investigation was a part criminal, in possible obstruction of the law, and part counter-intelligence, in search of possible national security problems, the Times reports.
Comey's resignation led Rosenstein, who had recommended the move, to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate any links or coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Twenty months later, the Mueller's probe still has to produce evidence of a conspiracy to tamper with the elections. There are reports that the special board's probe might be ready as soon as next month.