Donald Trump Lashes Out Against Top FBI Officials Over Holiday Weekend

Adviser Trump confident in FBI director despite attacks

Whatever the motivation behind the second tweet, it's a highly controversial and inappropriate statement from a president who is already vulnerable to obstruction of justice charges due to the way he fired Comey, who was investigating Russia's tampering in the 2016 presidential election in support of Trump's campaign. The House Intelligence Committee recently questioned him for eight hours and two days after he went to Congress where he answered nine hours' worth of questions from the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.

President Trump unloaded on Andrew McCabe Saturday amid reports that the embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director plans to jump from the agency in early March, when he becomes eligible to retire.

But that didn't stop Trump from firing off several tweets on Saturday and Sunday accusing McCabe - seemingly without evidence - of using his "FBI official email account" to promote the Clinton campaign.

McCabe, 49, has been at the center of a string of controversies at the bureau for more than a year and faced sharp GOP criticism in three congressional hearings last week. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tweeted that Trump's McCabe tweets could come back to bite him when it came to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

He dealt with the F.B.I. investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information when she used a private email server.


The Page e-mails implicated McCabe in a conversation about an "insurance policy" regarding Trump - a cryptic reference that House Republicans believe referred to measures that the agency could take to short-circuit a Trump victory. That meant, he said, the normal investigative processes were not followed thanks to "extremely biased" pro-Clinton bureau members.

McCabe's wife, Jill, did not get $700,000 in donations from Hillary Clinton for a Virginia state Senate race in 2015.

Candidate Trump railed against the donation in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign.

These efforts have helped push the notion that FBI and Justice Department officials are part of a broad conspiracy against Trump, making the allegations more mainstream than what they were at the start of Mueller's investigation. Mr McAuliffe is a longtime supporter of Ms Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

McCabe has come under fire from Republicans over the past year because of the bureau's investigation into the Clinton email issue as well as the probe into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

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