Trump lashes out on Twitter after firing Comey

Trump lashes out on Twitter after firing Comey
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President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to defend his firing of FBI Director James Comey and attack his critics amid a furious backlash that has roiled Washington.

Democrats and many in the media have cast the firing as a “constitutional crisis,” accusing the president of seeking to bury an FBI investigation into alleged collusion between Trump campaign officials and Moscow.

The administration rationalized the Tuesday firing by saying that Comey, whose handling of the investigation of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE’s use of a personal server while secretary of State infuriated Democrats during the campaign, had the lost the confidence of the FBI, lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the public at large.

The White House had grown increasingly frustrated by the investigations into alleged Russian ties and Comey’s news-making testimony on Capitol Hill, believing that his law enforcement agency should be focusing more on leaks from government agencies.

Trump took those frustrations out on his political enemies Wednesday morning.

The president blasted Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.), who told Trump that he was making a “big mistake" by firing Comey, according to an Associated Press report.

Schumer has called for a special prosecutor to investigate potential connections between Trump's camp and Russia and told reporters at a hastily arranged press conference that the firing appeared to be political. Those remarks provoked a furious response from Trump.

The president then got personal with Sen. Richard Blumenthal after the Connecticut Democrat hit the cable news circuit to warn of a “looming constitutional crisis.”

Trump attacked Blumenthal over a 2010 controversy in which he admitted to exaggerating his military service.

Blumenthal once said he served “in” the Vietnam War, but admitted under pressure during his reelection campaign that he had only served “during” the war as a reservist in the U.S.

Trump called for an investigation into those claims and said Blumenthal “cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness” when he got caught.

Trump also went after the media for what he said was false reporting. He singled out CNN after political reporter Gloria Borger claimed that longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone, who has admitted contact with alleged Russian hacker front Guccifer 2.0, advised Trump to fire Comey.

Trump has a tempestuous relationship with Stone. He brought Stone into his campaign in the early days but has since downplayed their relationship.

Stone is among the former Trump aides who has attracted attention from lawmakers and law enforcement agencies for alleged ties to the Russian hacking.

Trump also accused Democrats of faking their outrage over the Comey firing, saying that they would have jumped at the chance to fire the FBI director on their own for his handling of the investigation into Clinton’s emails.

During the campaign, Trump reveled in the problems Comey caused for Clinton. 

Trump’s critics now say it is the height of hypocrisy for him to use that case as an excuse to fire Comey at a time when he is investigating alleged ties between Trump campaign officials and Moscow.

But Trump sought to cast his critics as the hypocrites. 

The president then kicked the former FBI director, who found out he had been fired from television as he was speaking with bureau agents in Los Angeles, on his way out the door. 

Administration officials have argued that Comey had “lost the confidence” of the administration and the FBI and was “incapable of doing the job.”

In the immediate aftermath of the firing, the White House circulated a document that highlighted negative stories about Comey.

On Wednesday, Trump retweeted a story from conservative news aggregator Drudge Report titled “10 major FBI scandals under Comey’s watch.”