Trump Strikes Back at FBI, Rhetorically

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder


Millions of deplorables hope that Trump strikes back against the people who tried to undo their election victory.

If only on Twitter and the Fox News network, it is satisfying that President Donald Trump strikes back at those who abused their power to cover for Hillary Clinton while criminalizing him.

Of course, as reported below, the IG “blew it” by refusing to say more about how the political motives in the FBI were responsible for multiple bad decisions. He, like many others, realizes that the IG report is not going to get us all the way to holding people accountable.

Fox News reports, “President Trump unloads on Comey, ‘scum on top’ of FBI a day after damning IG report’s release.

President Trump broke his silence on the scathing inspector general’s report with a vengeance Friday, first tweeting that the FBI boss he fired was the “worst” in the bureau’s history, then crashing “Fox & Friends” for an impromptu interview where he ripped the “scum on top” of the Obama-era bureau and said the IG “blew it.”

The president’s comments came a day after the release of the report, which was the result of an 18-month-long investigation by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Trump said the report, which found ex-FBI Director James Comey was insubordinate, showed Trump was justified in firing him.

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In the interview with Fox’s Steve Doocy, Trump made it clear he considered Comey the leader of those “minions.”

“I think Comey was the ringleader of this whole den of thieves,” Trump said.

“If you took a poll at the FBI, [I would win],” Trump told Doocy. “I mean the real FBI, not the scum on top.”

Trump said Horowitz’s finding of no evidence the FBI probe of Hillary Clinton’s secret email server was influenced by rampant liberal bias showed the inspector general “blew it.”

Horowitz’s report faulted Comey for going over the heads of his superiors, including former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, by holding a press conference to announce the FBI’s decision not to press criminal charges against Clinton. At that July, 2016 news conference, Comey called the then-presidential candidate’s actions “extremely careless,” rather than “grossly negligent,” as drafted in the initial exoneration statement.

Critics have suggested that Trump’s firing of Comey amounted to obstruction of justice, though Deputy Attorney General wrote a recommendation that Comey be fired. Trump reportedly told Russian officials in May, 2017 that Comey was a “real nutjob,” and indicated the firing had to do with “facing great pressure because of Russia,” in an apparent reference to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Trump later denied that his decision to fire Comey was linked to the Russia probe.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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