President Trump in a series of tweets early Sunday continued to rail on the Russian probe, defending his firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying the FBI’s reputation is “in tatters” over the “dishonest” Hillary Clinton investigation and urging people to sue ABC over an incorrect report involving him.
“I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie! ,” Trump posted at 5:15 a.m. about former FBI Director James Comey.
Comey testified in June before the Senate Intelligence Committee that the president urged him to “let hit go,” referring to the investigation into Flynn’s connection to a Russian diplomat, during a White House dinner in February.
Flynn, an ex-general, pleaded guilty last week to lying to the FBI on Jan. 27 about his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
In a tweet on Saturday, Trump said he had to fire Flynn because he lied to Vice President Pence and the FBI.
“He has pled guilty to those lies,” Trump wrote.
In the series of tweets Trump posted Sunday morning over a little more than two hours, he blamed Comey for damaging the FBI’s reputation and claimed he would fix it.
“After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness. ,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The president also questioned the influence an investigator for special counsel Robert Mueller had on the Russian probe after it was discovered that the agent, Peter Strzok, had sent anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 campaign.
Mueller removed Strzok, who played a leading role in investigating whether Clinton leaked classified documents, from the Russian probe this summer after the messages were discovered during an internal review.
“Tainted (no, very dishonest?) FBI “agent’s role in Clinton probe under review.” Led Clinton Email probe. @foxandfriends Clinton money going to wife of another FBI agent in charge.,” Trump wrote about Strzok.
“Report: “ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE” Now it all starts to make sense! ,” the president said.
The president also suggested people hurt financially by the reporting of ABC News’ Brian Ross should take legal action.
The network suspended Ross for four weeks on Saturday after he reported on Friday that Flynn would testify to the feds that Trump told him to reach out to Russian officials during the campaign.
ABC apologized for the “serious error” on Saturday.
Stocks began plummeting Friday after news emerged that Flynn would be cooperating in Mueller’s Russia probe and then largely recovered later in the day.
“People who lost money when the Stock Market went down 350 points based on the False and Dishonest reporting of Brian Ross of @ABC News (he has been suspended), should consider hiring a lawyer and suing ABC for the damages this bad reporting has caused – many millions of dollars! ,” the president said.