President Donald Trump took to social media early Sunday to say former FBI Director James Comey left the bureau’s reputation “in tatters,” reassuring the American people that he will “bring it back to greatness.”
“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 tweeted.
The barb directed at Comey comes in response to reports that special counsel Robert Mueller removed an agent, Peter Strzok, from the Russian collusion investigation over anti-Trump text messages.
Fox News reported that House investigators have long regarded Strzok as a key figure in the chain of events leading up to the FBI receiving the fake anti-Trump dossier that led to the Russian meddling investigation.
As deputy head of counterintelligence, Strzok led the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server. He was reportedly having an extramarital affair with Lisa Page, a lawyer who worked for Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to The Washington Post.
(Talk about Peyton Place, Page was also on Mueller’s team.)
The Post said the lovebirds “exchanged politically charged texts disparaging President Trump and supporting Hillary Clinton” during the Clinton probe.
And you wonder why Trump is upset?
“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,” the president tweeted Sunday.
The comment about money was a reference to McCabe’s wife accepting campaign cash from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a loyal Clinton ally.
Strzok’s removal from the Mueller team took place in August, but the Department of Justice never disclosed the anti-Trump texts to House investigators, according to Fox News.
“We now know why Strzok was dismissed, why the FBI and DOJ refused to provide us this explanation, and at least one reason why they previously refused to make Deputy Director McCabe available to the Committee for an interview,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said in a statement.
Nunes, whose is conducting his own investigation, is threatening contempt-of-Congress citations against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI director Christopher Wray unless they comply with all outstanding requests for documents and witnesses by the close of business on Monday.
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