Giuliani claims Comey tried to 'frame' Trump after IG report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE's lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani tears into Democrats after House opens probe into whether he pressured Ukraine to target Biden House Democrats launch probe into whether Trump, Giuliani pressured Ukraine to target Biden Ted Cruz fires back at Lori Lightfoot: 'Mayor, your anger is misplaced' MORE accused former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime We've lost sight of the real scandal Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report MORE of trying to "frame" the president after the publication of an inspector general report found that Comey's handling of memos was in violation of FBI policies.

"In a case involving the President of the United States, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that what Comey was trying to do was to frame Trump," Giuliani said on John Catsimatidis’s radio show that aired Sunday. "Law enforcement officers that frame people ... they're horrid."

He later said that Comey "orchestrated" the investigation by former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski 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 Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE

"He orchestrated the whole thing," Giuliani said of Comey. "If you look back on it now, there was never any need for Mueller." 

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The Justice Department inspector general report said leaked memos that Comey gave to his friend Daniel Richman, a Columbia University law professor, were meant to cause the appointment of a special counsel, according to Comey. 

Comey told the inspector general that he had to leak the memo because it concerned a matter of "incredible importance to the Nation, as a whole," according to the report.

Trump and his allies have seized on the inspector general's findings. 

The president on Saturday called the former FBI director a "CROOKED COP!" on Twitter.

Comey, meanwhile, noted that the report "found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media," although it did find that he leaked information to his friend, who later gave it to The New York Times. 

Comey's firing prompted the appointment of Mueller, who investigated whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia. His report on the probe, released earlier this year, laid out 10 episodes in which Trump may have obstructed justice but did not find evidence of illegal coordination with Russia.