By Lalit K Jha
Washington, Jan 12 (PTI) US President Donald Trump on Saturday alleged that some top FBI officials who were either fired or forced to leave by his administration, conspired against him by opening an investigation over whether he was acting on Russia's behalf after he sacked the agency's then director, James Comey, in 2017.
The news of such an investigation was first reported by the New York Times.
In an exclusive report, the prominent American daily reported that the FBI opened an inquiry into whether Trump was working for the Russians in the days after he fired Comey in May, 2017 as the top probe agency's chief.
"Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!" Trump said in a tweet.
"Funny thing about James Comey. Everybody wanted him fired, Republican and Democrat alike. After the rigged & botched Crooked Hillary investigation, where she was interviewed on July 4th Weekend, not recorded or sworn in, and where she said she didn't know anything (a lie)," he said in another tweet.
Trump said when he took over as president, the FBI was in complete turmoil. This was mainly "because of Comey's poor leadership and the way he handled the Clinton mess (not to mention his usurpation of powers from the Justice Department). My firing of James Comey was a great day for America".
Trump alleged that Comey was "was a Crooked Cop... who is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller, & the 13 Angry Democrats - leaking machines who have NO interest in going after the Real Collusion (and much more) by Crooked Hillary Clinton, her Campaign, and the Democratic National Committee. Just Watch!"
Mueller, a former FBI director, is currently investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller who is in an advanced stage of his probe has so far filed charge sheets against several members of the Trump campaign and the administration. Trump himself has submitted written answers to the questions posed by Mueller.
In a flurry of tweets, Trump said he has been tough on Russia and that there was no collusion between him or his campaign and the Russians.
"I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any other president. At the same time, & as I have often said, getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. I fully expect that someday we will have good relations with Russia again!" said the president.
"Lyin' James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter S and his lover, agent Lisa Page, & more, all disgraced and/or fired and caught in the act. These are just some of the losers that tried to do a number on your President. Part of the Witch Hunt. Remember the 'insurance policy?' This is it!," Trump told his 57.2 million followers on Twitter. PTI LKJ KUN