President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE late Saturday ripped Fox News for scheduling interviews with 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 and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel subpoenas four ex-Trump aides Bannon, Meadows Schiff: Criminal contempt charges possible for noncooperation in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks MORE (D-Calif.), saying that the decision was an example of the network's efforts to be "politically correct."
"Hard to believe that @FoxNews will be interviewing sleazebag & totally discredited former FBI Director James Comey, & also corrupt politician Adam 'Shifty' Schiff," Trump tweeted. "Fox is trying sooo hard to be politically correct, and yet they were totally shut out from the failed Dem debates!"
In a separate tweet, Trump suggested that Fox News was becoming more like MSNBC and CNN, networks he often targets over its coverage.
Hard to believe that @FoxNews will be interviewing sleazebag & totally discredited former FBI Director James Comey, & also corrupt politician Adam “Shifty” Schiff. Fox is trying sooo hard to be politically correct, and yet they were totally shut out from the failed Dem debates!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2019
"They’ll all die together as other outlets take their place. Only pro Trump Fox shows do well. Rest are nothing. How’s Shep doing?" he added, referencing former Fox News host Shepard Smith, who departed from the network in October.
Comey and Schiff are set to appear on "Fox News Sunday" with host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation MORE to discuss the House's impeachment inquiry and the findings of the Justice Department's inspector general report into the origins of the FBI's probe into Trump's campaign.
The interview with Comey will arrive just days after Inspector General Michael Horowitz's conclusion that FBI agents were not motivated by political bias when they launched investigations into associates of President Trump during the 2016 campaign.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report found that the FBI had an "authorized purpose" when it pushed forward with its probe of George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE, Michael Flynn, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report MORE and Carter Page. But he also criticized certain elements of the FBI probe, including how agents carried out an application to the secretive court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor Page.
Trump has frequently attacked Fox News and some of its broadcasters over its coverage in recent months. He called Wallace "nasty" and "obnoxious" in November after the host aggressively questioned House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseFifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill Democratic leaders racing toward Monday infrastructure vote House GOP to whip against bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (R-La.) about the impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
Trump last week accused Fox News of pandering to the Democratic Party by hosting Democratic members of Congress on its programs.
"The Dems wouldn’t let @FoxNews get near their bad ratings debates, yet Fox panders," he tweeted, apparently referencing the Democratic National Committee's refusal to let Fox News host a debate. "Pathetic!"
Fox News has not commented on Trump's continued criticism of its news coverage. Wallace said in a speech at the Newseum last Wednesday that Trump's attacks against the press amounted to the most "direct, sustained assault on the freedom of the press" in U.S. history.
Wallace's interview with Comey figures to delve deeply into his time at the FBI as agents began an investigation into associates of the Trump campaign. While the former FBI head has expressed vindication in the wake of the findings, Trump and others have claimed that the report shows wrongdoing occurred.
Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event MORE said in a statement that the report showed the FBI “launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions.”