SPYGATE: Trump Blasts ‘Criminal Deep State,’ Comey Fires Back

Following reports that an FBI informant imbedded in the Trump campaign communicated with at least three members—Foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Trump aide Carter Page and campaign adviser Sam Clovis, President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning.

“Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before! What goes around, comes around!” the President tweeted. 

President Trump then followed up, by tweeting, “SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!”

Former FBI director James Comey tweeted in response, “Facts matter. The FBI’s use of Confidential Human Sources (the actual term) is tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country. Attacks on the FBI and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country. How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?”

“Confidential Human Sources” may also be interpreted as another name for spy.

Then, in a nod to the “basket of deplorables” moment, Comey appeared to attack half the nation as gullible or stupid. He followed up his tweet by writing, “Dangerous time when our country is led by those who will lie about anything, backed by those who will believe anything, based on information from media sources that will say anything. Americans must break out of that bubble and seek truth.”

Republicans have sided with the President to investigate potential wrongdoing under President Obama’s DOJ. On Sunday after news broke of the spy imbedding in his campaign, the President, via Twitter, promised to investigate criminal action that may have occurred under his predecessor. 

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes—and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” he wrote. 

President Trump met earlier this week with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to discuss tapping Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate “irregularities” with the FBI or DOJ’s “tactics concerning the Trump campaign.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders then confirmed that a meeting would be “immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with congressional leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested.”

That meeting with House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is scheduled for Thursday. 

During a meeting Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump also remarked on the looming Spygate scandal.

“If they had spies in my campaign…for political purposes, that would be unprecedented,” he said. 

“I hope there weren’t. It would make every political event ever before look like small potatoes,” he said. 

feature image via Slate

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