Fox News reports – “The president blasted Comey as he departed the White House for an immigration meeting in New York. The two are battling from afar over the controversy the president has dubbed “SPYGATE” — revelations that a government informant had multiple discussions with members of the Trump campaign in 2016, at the dawn of the Russia investigation.
But after Comey criticized Trump’s attacks on the bureau, the president suggested Comey might want to worry more about the looming IG report on the bureau’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.
“I think James Comey’s got a lot of problems. If you look at what he did, the lies, the tremendous lies, I think Comey’s got a lot of problems,” Trump said on the White House lawn to a group of reporters. “At some point, they have an IG report. Then let’s see what Comey has to say. I assume he’s covered in the IG report.”
He added: “If you look at the lies, all the fiction, I think he’s got a lot of problems.”
It’s unclear whether Trump has seen that report, but a draft has been circulated internally. Its release is sure to heighten scrutiny on the bureau’s actions in 2016. Already, reports have emerged that the IG will fault the FBI for sitting on a batch of Clinton emails discovered late in the campaign.
Meanwhile, Trump and Comey are clashing over the revelations of an informant potentially snooping on his 2016 campaign.
Intelligence and law enforcement interests have defended their role, while Trump and his allies say it amounts to spying on a presidential candidate.”
President Trump took to Twitter himself in a Wednesday morning tweetstorm referring to this debacle as a “major SPY scandal,” with suggestions things have “turned around” on the “Criminal Deep State” and they will be held accountable for these actions.