Donald Trump criticized Saturday after an article in the New York Times that the FBI had opened an investigation in 2017 to determine whether the president was working, knowingly or not, on behalf of Russia.
In a series of tweets taken early in the morning, Trump said the agency had opened an investigation "without reason or evidence, after firing Lyin 'James Comey, a total assassination. He called former executives of the agency "corrupt".
Trump went on to describe the Federal Bureau of Investigation as having been "completely upset" under Comey, whom he termed "crooked policeman".
In response, Comey quoted former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "I ask you to judge me by the means of my enemies".
On Saturday, the president also criticized known targets, including special advocate Robert Mueller, who investigates possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, and the Democrat Hillary Clinton. He said he had been tougher on Russia than former US presidents.
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, in an interview on Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," described the notion that Trump is a threat to national security "absolutely ridiculous."
"The idea contained in the New York Times article that President Trump was a threat to US national security is – is stupid at first glance and does not deserve an answer," Pompeo said in a statement. transcription provided by the network.
Distraction from stop
Greg Valliere, global chief strategist for Horizon Investments, said "the simple clue – if that's true – that the FBI had suspicions that Trump is a Russian agent is staggering."
"You have to think that Trump wants to keep the government shut down in the limelight because he knows that Mueller's impending report will be explosive," Valliere said during a phone interview.
The federal government is now in the fourth week of a partial shutdown and there is no clear end to Trump's request for funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border. Trump suggested last week that he could declare a national emergency and redirect other funds to start building the wall, but said on Friday that he was not rushing to use this option.
The New York Times reported on Friday night that, a few days after the May 2017 dismissal of Comey by the FBI president, Comey began an investigation into whether the president had worked for Russia against US interests. The paper quotes law enforcement officials and other people familiar with the investigation who have not been identified.
US counterintelligence investigators tried to determine whether Trump's actions posed a potential threat to national security, and officers also tried to determine whether Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had fallen without it. to know under the influence of Moscow, reported the Times.
Trump came back on Twitter with a fifth tweet, describing various former FBI officials as "some of the losers who tried to make a number on your president."
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