WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump issued a recent denial Sunday that he requested former FBI director James B. Comey to halt an investigation into the conduct of his dismissed nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn.
“I by no means requested Comey to cease investigating Flynn,” Trump stated in a pre-daybreak message on Twitter. “Simply extra Pretend Information overlaying one other Comey lie!”
The tweet was the newest in a operating commentary on the case from Trump that started Saturday, a day after Flynn pleaded responsible to mendacity to the FBI about his interactions with a Russian official.
In different tweets Sunday, Trump additionally seized on information that Peter Strzok – the previous prime FBI official assigned to particular counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of Russian interference within the 2016 election – was taken off that job this summer time after his bosses found that he and one other member of Mueller’s group had exchanged politically charged texts disparaging Trump and supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton. Strzok was additionally a key participant within the investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal e mail server, which ended with out fees towards her.
“Report: ‘ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE’ Now all of it begins to make sense!” Trump wrote, earlier than continuing to criticize the FBI and promise to deliver it again to “greatness” underneath his administration.
Trump fired Flynn 25 days into this administration for misrepresenting the character of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador, to Vice President Mike Pence and different administration officers.
Comey has alleged that the day after that, Trump urged him to be lenient with Flynn, producing notes that stated Trump informed him, “I hope you possibly can let this go.”
Trump stoked the controversy with one in every of his Saturday tweets by which he stated a part of the rationale for firing Flynn was that he had lied to the FBI.
“I needed to hearth Basic Flynn as a result of he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” Trump wrote in that tweet.
However critics pounced Saturday on Trump, arguing that if he knew on the time of his dialog with Comey that Flynn had lied to the FBI and was beneath investigation, it might represent an try and impede that investigation.
“Are you ADMITTING you knew Flynn had lied to the FBI once you requested Comey to again off Flynn?” Walter Shaub, the previous head of the U.S. Workplace of Authorities Ethics, requested in a tweet Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday, Sen. Mark R….