President Donald Trump lashed out in a series of nine tweets Wednesday morning — two of which were retweets of Drudge Report articles — to defend his sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey, and combat those who have been critical of his decision since it happened on Tuesday.
Starting shortly after 7 a.m. ET, Trump began by tweeting that Comey was disliked by many Democrats. “The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!” he wrote, adding that the former FBI Director will be replaced by someone who “will do a far better job.”
Trump also predicted that those who have been critical of him now will come around. “When things calm down, they will be thanking me!” he wrote.
The president then called for an investigation of Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) who had been critical of his decision to fire Comey, calling it an “abuse of power” on CNN. Blumenthal has been an outspoken critic of the president.
“‘Richie’ devised one of the greatest military frauds in U.S. history,” Trump tweeted, referring to Blumenthal’s 2010 Senate campaign when he admitted to misspeaking about serving the the Vietnam War. “He should be the one who is investigated for his acts,” Trump rallied.
Finally, Trump called a CNN report that claimed Roger Stone was among those who recommended Trump fire Comey. “Have not spoken to Roger in a long time – had nothing to do with my decision,” Trump retorted.
Trump fired Comey without warning on Tuesday on the recommendation of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The reason cited for the firing was Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
The motion caused an uproar of reactions. Questions have been raised from the political left about other potential reasons for the sudden movie considering the FBI is currently investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian sources related to the hacking attacks during the 2016 campaign.
President Trump’s plans on Wednesday include a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House.