President Donald Trump slammed former FBI director James Comey Thursday morning, claiming that department employees spoke out against his leadership in recent weeks. Trump added that Comey, a regular enemy of the president, was a “terrible and corrupt leader” who damaged the FBI’s reputation while he was at the helm.
“Not surprisingly, the GREAT Men & Women of the FBI are starting to speak out against Comey, McCabe and all of the political corruption and poor leadership found within the top ranks of the FBI. Comey was a terrible and corrupt leader who inflicted great pain on the FBI!” Trump tweeted.
The president ended his tweet with the hashtag “#SPYGATE” referring to allegations that the FBI and the Department of Justice planted a spy to surveil the Trump presidential campaign. Trump has referred to this unsubstantiated “spy” claim several times as a paramount political scandal.
“Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. SPYGATE – a terrible thing!” Trump wrote in a follow-up tweet Thursday.
Earlier this week, Trump tweeted that he would officially “demand” the DOJ to probe the possibility of improper surveillance of his campaign and his staffers for political motivations. The Justice Department then instructed its independent counsel to conduct a probe into the allegations.
On Thursday, Congressional Republicans and Democrats will join White House Chief of Staff John Kelly at a briefing on a confidential FBI source.
The New York Times reported that this source assisted in collecting campaign documents such as phone records as part of a larger effort by the Mueller probe to investigate possible collusion with Russia. A source familiar with the conversations told the TImes that the FBI informant took several meetings with advisors Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.