President Trump fired off a flurry of enraged tweets Saturday morning following a report that claims the FBI opened a secret investigation into the Commander-in-Chief’s alleged ties with Russia shortly after he fired FBI Director James Comey.
“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!” the President tweeted.
According to the New York Times report, first published Friday, Comey’s ouster reportedly caused such concern among law enforcement that officials launched an investigation into not only whether Trump obstructed justice, but also whether or not he was under Kremlin influence and advancing an anti-American agenda.
Law enforcement officials contended that if Trump axed Comey to bring an end to to the Russia probe, it would be a matter of national security and a clear effort to prevent the United States intelligence community from learning the full extent of the Kremlin’s sway over the 2016 election, sources told the Times.
The investigation, launched by officials just after the President booted Comey as FBI in director in May 2017, was picked up by Robert Mueller upon his appointment as special counsel the same month.
Trump also took aim at Mueller amid his Saturday morning rant against the former FBI Director.
“My firing of James Comey was a great day for America,” Trump tweeted.
“He was a crooked cop who is totally being protected by his friend, Bob Mueller, & 13 Angry Democrats — leaking machines who have interest in going after Real Collusion (and much more) by Crooked Hillary Clinton, her Campaign, and the Democratic National Committee. Just Watch!”
The President has repeatedly defended his firing of Comey, though his reason for doing so has changed on several occasions. The White House initially said Trump fired him at the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but shortly after, the President explicitly admitted in a TV interview that he moved to dismiss Comey because of “this Russia thing.”
In his fifth tweet of the morning, Trump praised his administration’s relationship with Russia, holding it above those of President’s past.
“I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any President,” he wrote. “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!”
No evidence has yet been revealed that Trump was secretly operating on behalf of Russia, though several of his associates — including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — have been indicted and pleaded to guilty to Russia-linked crimes.