US President Donald Trump has lashed out at former FBI director James Comey on Sunday,accusing him of lying to Congress in testimony last week over his handling of the Russia probe.
“Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful! This whole deal is a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President. They are now exposed!”
Trump’s latest attack on Comey comes as he himself is under intensifying pressure from federal investigators after federal prosecutors in New York tied the president to felony campaign violations in the form of hush payments to two women who alleged past sexual encounters with the then-Republican presidential candidate.
Comey, testifying before two House Committees Friday revealed that the initial counterintelligence investigation into Russia election meddling was opened on four individuals — but not Trump — to see if any of them were conspiring with the Russians to sway the elections.
Trump later took to Twitter, where he portrayed Comey’s testimony as dishonest and evasive.
“On 245 occasions, former FBI Director James Comey told House investigators he didn’t know, didn’t recall, or couldn’t remember things when asked. Opened investigations on 4 Americans (not 2) – didn’t know who signed off and didn’t know Christopher Steele. All lies!”
Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have often accused Comey of shielding Clinton from prosecution in a probe of her use of a private email server while secretary of state while usinga dossier on Russia election meddling compiled by Steele, a former British spy,to go after Trump’s campaign.