The President of the United States is attacking FBI director James Comey for his handling of the Russia probe, suggesting it is not the agency’s job to defend him.
“James Comey is a nut job who doesn’t get the job done,” Trump said in a tweet.
“The Russia investigation is going badly.
He should immediately resign!”
Comey announced on Tuesday that he would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton for her handling of classified information, a decision that infuriated Republicans who had campaigned on repealing the law that made it illegal to mishandle classified information.
Trump also blasted Comey’s decision to hold off on prosecuting Clinton, saying that he did so “for political reasons.”
“James should have gone after Crooked Hillary Clinton instead of Crooked Crooked Bill Clinton, the real story,” he wrote.
“Trump has been calling for Comey’s removal for weeks.”
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that Comey’s comments were “just another reason for why he should be fired!”
The tweet comes days after Trump lashed out at Comey, saying the former FBI director had made “false statements” about him during the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to help Trump win.
“FBI Director Comey made a big mistake by giving a false statement in public.
Comey’s public comments on the Russia investigation come days after the FBI announced that it would not pursue criminal charges in the case, which has prompted Democrats to warn of a potential constitutional crisis if the bureau is forced to hand over its findings.
“I think the public deserves to know the truth,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Wednesday.
“What Comey has said is just one more reason for me to be concerned that the Trump Administration is trying to use a pretext to shut down the FBI.”
Trump has repeatedly questioned the credibility of Comey, who served as the nation’s top law enforcement official for almost a decade.
Trump has said he has no knowledge of the FBI’s investigation into whether he colluded in Trump’s election win.
But Trump has also questioned whether Comey’s actions were legal and questioned the impartiality of the investigation.
“You could look at Comey’s career, and it was an absolute disaster.
The FBI did not do a very good job,” Trump told reporters last month.
“He had a lot of problems.
He had a great reputation, and he was doing a great job.
But he was a very bad guy.
He was very political.
And he made a bad decision.”
On Monday, Trump appeared to back away from his criticism of Comey in a speech to law enforcement officials.
“We need to get to the bottom of this.
The people of this country deserve to know, and I will tell you that,” Trump had said, referring to Comey.
“And I believe we will get to that point.
But I do think we need to go forward.”