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Comey calls on GOP to stop ‘witness intimidation’

Stefani Reynolds

Former FBI Director James Comey on Monday called on Republicans to speak out against “witness intimidation” hours after President Trump labeled the former bureau leader a “dirty cop.”

“This is not okay, not normal,” Comey tweeted. “That the witness intimidation continues while hundreds of thousands of honest public servants are without pay moves it from just outrageous to unconscionable. Can Republicans hear the past asking, ‘At long last, have you left no sense of decency?'”

{mosads}Comey, who has regularly criticized the president and Republicans for their attacks on the Justice Department, did not specify the impetus for his tweet, but it came hours after President Trump blasted the former FBI chief and other bureau agents as he denied that he worked for Russia.

The president offered his most direct denial to date of a New York Times story that said the FBI officials were so concerned about Comey’s firing that they opened an investigation regarding the possibility that Trump was a Russian agent.

“Not only did I never work for Russia, I think it’s a disgrace that you even asked that question because it’s a whole big fat hoax,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.

He went on to decry Comey as a “dirty cop,” and blasted agents conducting the investigation as “known scoundrels.”

Comey’s firing precipitated Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel. The president has repeatedly ripped Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as a “witch hunt.”

The president also drew criticism over the weekend when he suggested his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, should “give information maybe on his father-in-law” during his upcoming congressional testimony. Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in part for crimes he said he committed at Trump’s direction.

Democrats seized on the comments to warn against witness intimidation.

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