President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE on Saturday said "many are now finding out" there is proof of corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, in a tweet that followed the firing of Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeAndrew McCabe says Nassar case represents 'worst dereliction of duty' he's seen at FBI Capitol Police warning of potential for violence during rally backing rioters: report McCabe says law enforcement should take upcoming right-wing rally 'very seriously' MORE.
The president's latest comments double down on past criticism of the top law enforcement bureau over alleged bias and botched investigations. He also targeted the State Department, where last week he fired Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Trump-era ban on travel to North Korea extended Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE, and the Justice Department, accusing all three agencies of "tremendous leaking, lying and corruption."
"As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State," Trump tweeted.
As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State. #DrainTheSwamp— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
McCabe was fired on Friday night by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE, who said an internal review found he lacked "candor" with investigators and shared unauthorized information with media.
McCabe, a senior agent who had been with the bureau for over 20 years, said his firing was an attempt to discredit him as a possible witness in the special counsel investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The FBI Agents Association stated Saturday that “personnel decisions should never be politicized," an apparent response to the administration's public criticism of McCabe. Trump tweeted early Saturday that McCabe's ouster was "a great day for democracy."
In another tweet on Saturday, he brought up former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE, a close associate of McCabe's who Trump also fired last year.
"How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!" Trump tweeted.
The Fake News is beside themselves that McCabe was caught, called out and fired. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation? How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
McCabe had long been criticized by Trump and Republicans for his wife's state Senate campaign in Virginia in 2015. She received a campaign donation from then-Virginia governor and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE ally Terry McAuliffe (D). Her husband subsequently led the FBI investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State, although he went on to recuse himself from the investigation before the presidential election.
Trump's tweets also reference a recommendation by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee for the panel to conclude its investigation into the Russia matter due to lack of evidence that Trump's campaign colluded. Democrats on the panel dispute that conclusion.