Trump dials up pressure on Comey: Probably helped lead spy effort. Declassified docs to happen ‘pretty soon’

Amid all the talk about spying on President Donald Trump’s campaign, the president sat down with Fox News’ Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge on Thursday and was asked about what impact fired FBI Director James Comey may have had on events.

“I think that he did a terrible job,” Trump said in response. “I would say he probably led some kind of an effort, the word spying has been used — he probably was one of the people leading the effort on spying.”

Herridge interjected to say that was “a very serious charge.”

“I know, I know,” the president replied. “And we’ll find out whether or not it was true, and I think it could very well be true. But we’re gonna find out pretty soon.”

 

The New York Times reported this week the FBI sent an undercover agent posing as an assistant to meet with campaign aide George Papadopoulos in London. The curvy, flirtatious agent accompanied Cambridge professor Steve Halper, a bureau informer.

Trump was also asked if deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein explained media reports that he secretly discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, as former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe suggested.

Trump wasn’t biting, referring her to Rosenstein for that answer.

“I’d much rather have you ask him that question,” he said. “It sounds a little bit far-fetched frankly, but a lot of things, in this case, are far-fetched… but I got along with them and I think that question you’d probably have to ask him.”

In addition to promising that the country will “find out pretty soon” about whether he was spied on by the FBI, Trump said he would be allowing the declassification of some documents “very soon” related to potential misconduct, saying some federal officials “play very dirty.”

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“Yes, I’m going to be allowing declassification pretty soon,” Trump told Herridge during the special news alert on Fox News Channel. “I didn’t want to do it originally because I wanted to wait, because I know what they — you know I’ve seen the way they play.  They play very dirty.  So I decided to do it, and I’m going to be doing if very soon, far more than you would have even thought.”

Outside of CNN and MSNBC, most Americans are beginning to grasp that under the Obama administration, intelligence assets were directed at Trump’s campaign.

Attorney General William Barr said last month that he believed the Trump campaign was spied on under the Obama administration.

“I think spying did occur, yes. I think spying did occur,” Barr told members of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee.

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is certainly convinced, and she is calling for a “full accounting” of what the Obama White House knew.

“It’s beyond clear that Comey’s FBI authorized the spying of @realDonaldTrump’s campaign. This scandal is worse than Watergate, and it was perpetrated by Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s administration,” she tweeted Friday.

“We need a full accounting of what Obama and Biden knew and when they knew it.”

She wasn’t alone.

Another thing McDaniel shared in light of the N.Y. Times bombshell story is that the evening news networks aren’t all that interested in the possibility that a presidential campaign was spied on — though we can predict their reaction if it were the Obama or Clinton campaign.

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