Trump Declares Comey is a “Leaker”
Trump declares “total and complete vindication” following former FBI Director James Comey’s testifying on Capitol Hill yesterday. President Trump tweeted his first response to the testimony after staying away from his social media on Thursday. The president returned to tweeting today and wrote, “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” He tweeted this message early today.
Trump Gives Nod to Some Media
Trump offered another Tweet to praise Fox and Friends and the Fox News morning news show he often watches. He tweeted, “Great reporting by @foxandfriends and so many others. Thank you!”
Unlike President Trump, he did not address Comey’s allegations on Thursday. His comments today came ahead of a scheduled joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to be held in the Rose Garden.
In regards to Trump’s commenting that Comey “leaked,” this is in reference to Comey’s testimony that his friend, Columbia University Law Professor Dan Richman, leaked contents of his private memos to the media in hopes of prompting the “appointment of a special counsel.” As a result, Trump’s attorney, Marc Kasowitz, is set to file a complaint with the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General as well as send a letter of complaint to the Senate Judiciary Committee in regrds to Comey’s testimony that he orchestrated the leak.
Although the president disputed key parts of Comey’s testimony, his legal team also welcomed statements that he did not seek the shutdown of the broader Russia probe and that Trump was told he wasn’t personally under investigation.