The New York Times published its latest “bombshell” hit piece on President Donald Trump Friday, with a piece suggesting that, in the aftermath of Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, the FBI opened up an investigation into whether the president “had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.”
But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders quickly smacked it down. “This is absurd. James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the FBI,” said Sanders in a statement.
“Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia,” she added.
The article suggested that FBI officials — led by then-Acting Director Andrew McCabe, who was later fired and charged with lying — started up a dual counterintelligence and criminal inquiry into Trump, an investigation that was shortly thereafter handed off to the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller.
Trump fires back via Twitter
Perhaps predictably, President Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to issue his own response to the hit piece from the “failing” New York Times.
In one tweet, Trump wrote, “Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!”
In another tweet a short time later, Trump reiterated what Sanders had said about being tough on Russia.
“I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any other President. At the same time, & as I have often said, getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. I fully expect that someday we will have good relations with Russia again!” he wrote.
Shortly afterward, he went on to take shots at “Lyin’ James Comey” and other “losers” who’ve been “disgraced and/or fired” from the administration.
“Lyin’ James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter S and his lover, agent Lisa Page, & more, all disgraced and/or fired and caught in the act. These are just some of the losers that tried to do a number on your President. Part of the Witch Hunt. Remember the ‘insurance policy?’ This is it!” Trump tweeted.
This piece from The Times does indeed sound just another step in the “insurance policy” described in text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page as the plan to “stop Trump.”
It reeks of a desperate attempt to cover their tracks as the whole scheme continues to unravel, exposing all of the bit players in the attempted coup against a duly elected president.