Trump Attacks Comey Again, Saying He and Others ‘Committed Many Crimes’


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President Trump met with governors and members of Congress at the White House on Thursday.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump resumed his attacks Monday on James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, and said that Mr. Comey, his former deputy and others “committed many crimes!”

The president — in his first Twitter post since the airing of Mr. Comey’s first public interview about his months serving in the Trump administration — did not specify which crimes he believed Mr. Comey and others committed.

In his tweet, Mr. Trump mentioned the former deputy F.B.I. director Andrew G. McCabe, whom Mr. Trump fired just before Mr. McCabe was eligible for his pension after 21 years at the bureau.

And the president referenced Mr. Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton, in part, blames Mr. Comey’s handling of the email case for her not winning the presidency.

In his Monday morning tweet, Mr. Trump accused Mr. Comey and Mr. McCabe of committing “many crimes.” It was posted just a few hours before the president’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was to appear before a federal judge in New York related to an ongoing investigation into possible bank fraud.

In his five-hour interview with ABC’s chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos, on the program “20/20,” Mr. Comey said the president “treats women like they’re pieces of meat,” and “lies constantly about matters big and small.”

Mr. Trump has said repeatedly that Mr. Comey is a liar.

On Sunday, hours before the airing of Mr. Comey’s interview, Mr. Trump tweeted that Mr. Comey disclosed classified information and lied to Congress. Mr. Trump also said Mr. Comey was not smart and the “WORST FBI Director in history, by far!”

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Trump Attacks Comey Again, Saying He and Others ‘Committed Many Crimes’


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President Trump met with governors and members of Congress at the White House on Thursday.

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Doug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump resumed his attacks Monday on James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, and said that Mr. Comey, his former deputy and others “committed many crimes!”

The president — in his first Twitter post since the airing of Mr. Comey’s first public interview about his months serving in the Trump administration — did not specify which crimes he believed Mr. Comey and others committed.

In his tweet, Mr. Trump mentioned the former deputy F.B.I. director Andrew G. McCabe, whom Mr. Trump fired just before Mr. McCabe was eligible for his pension after 21 years at the bureau.

And the president referenced Mr. Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton, in part, blames Mr. Comey’s handling of the email case for her not winning the presidency.

In his Monday morning tweet, Mr. Trump accused Mr. Comey and Mr. McCabe of committing “many crimes.” It was posted just a few hours before the president’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was to appear before a federal judge in New York related to an ongoing investigation into possible bank fraud.

In his five-hour interview with ABC’s chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos, on the program “20/20,” Mr. Comey said the president “treats women like they’re pieces of meat,” and “lies constantly about matters big and small.”

Mr. Trump has said repeatedly that Mr. Comey is a liar.

On Sunday, hours before the airing of Mr. Comey’s interview, Mr. Trump tweeted that Mr. Comey disclosed classified information and lied to Congress. Mr. Trump also said Mr. Comey was not smart and the “WORST FBI Director in history, by far!”

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Former F.B.I. Deputy Director Is Faulted in Scathing Inspector General Report


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Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director, at the Capitol in December.

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department inspector general delivered to Congress on Friday a highly critical report that accused Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director, of repeatedly misleading investigators.

The inspector general said that when investigators asked whether he had instructed aides to provide information in October 2016 to a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. McCabe said he did not authorize the disclosure and did not know who did.

But Mr. McCabe did approve the F.B.I.’s contact with the reporter, according to the review.

The newspaper article delved into a dispute between F.B.I. and Justice Department officials over how to proceed in an investigation into the financial dealings of the Clinton family’s foundation. It revealed a sensitive meeting during which Justice Department officials declined to authorize subpoenas or grand jury activity.

The inspector general also concluded that Mr. McCabe’s disclosure of the existence of the ongoing investigation in the manner described in the report violated media policy of the F.B.I. and Justice Department and constituted misconduct.

In a statement, Mr. McCabe said that he had full authorization to share this information with the media. Mr. McCabe also said that he did not intentionally mislead investigators.

The report, written by the inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, was delivered to Congress and was expected to be released publicly later in the day.

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