Trump lashes out at Schumer: So funny to watch him 'groveling'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE on Thursday went after Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump defends 'crime buster' Giuliani amid reported probe Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support Trump urges Louisiana voters to back GOP in governor's race then 'enjoy the game' MORE (D-N.Y.), saying it is "funny to watch" him "groveling" and highlighting the Democratic leader's past criticisms of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Trump 'constantly' discusses using polygraphs to stem leaks: report MORE.

 

Trump tweeted earlier in the day that the "Left has become totally unhinged."

Schumer said of Comey in November 2016 that he did not "have confidence in him any longer" after the then-FBI director reopened an investigation into then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRonan Farrow exposes how the media protect the powerful Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' Comey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term MORE just days before the election. 

"To restore my faith, I am going to have to sit down and talk to him and get an explanation for why he did this," Schumer said at the time.

It's not clear what prompted Trump's tweet Thursday morning. He has clashed with Schumer in recent weeks over negotiations during the ongoing partial government shutdown, which entered its 27th day on Thursday.

Schumer on Wednesday said he hasn't heard from Trump since a meeting earlier this month that the president walked out of and called a "waste of time" after Democrats refused his demand to fund a wall along the southern border. 

Schumer also indicated on Wednesday that he would oppose Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, amid concerns over how he would handle special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"We do not have the kind of strong and clear commitments to the report being issued and there being no interference in the investigation that are needed, particularly now with President Trump treating the Justice Department as he has," Schumer said.

In his explanation, Schumer repeatedly mentioned Trump's attacks on the Justice Department. The president earlier this week decried Comey as a "dirty cop," and called agents who launched an inquiry into whether he was working for Russia "known scoundrels."

"I think when we have a president like Trump who has treated the Justice Department as poorly as he has, who has tried to browbeat it into doing what he wants despite rule of law, that you need somebody who reaches a really high standard," Schumer told reporters. "And while (Barr) has had a very fine career, when he refuses to commit to those things that I mentioned, he does not meet that standard."