Trump rails against Fox News for planning interviews with Schiff, Comey

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE late Saturday ripped Fox News for scheduling interviews with former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group NYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight MORE and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Schiff says Justice Roberts should rule on witnesses Schiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line 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. 

"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. 

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Comey and Schiff are set to appear on "Fox News Sunday" with host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: If I'm Trump, 'I would not be especially pleased' with White House defense Trump: Senate should decide on witnesses; Bolton testimony poses national security risk Trump lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well' 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 PapadopoulosCalifornia Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat DOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Trump rails against Fox News for planning interviews with Schiff, Comey MORE, Michael Flynn, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Treasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort DOJ argues Democrats no longer need Mueller documents after impeachment vote 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.

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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 ScaliseThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' 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 BarrWilliam Pelham Barr DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments 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.”