Trump: ‘I Think Comey Was the Ringleader of This ... Den of Thieves’

By Melanie Arter | June 15, 2018 | 3:17pm EDT
Former FBI Director James Comey (Screenshot)

( - In response to the Department of Justice’s inspector general report on the FBI’s actions during the 2016 election, President Donald Trump said former FBI Director James Comey was “the ringleader” of a “den of thieves.”

“I think Comey was the ringleader of this whole you know den of thieves. It was a den of thieves,” he said during an impromptu interview with “Fox & Friends” on the White House lawn.

Host Steve Doocy asked Trump about the documents that congressional Republicans requested from the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that may shed light on FISA abuses.

Trump said he may not stay “uninvolved, because they have to get the documents.”

“Your FBI is stonewalling,” Doocy said.

“I think that Rod Rosenstein thinks that you have to get the documents. I really believe that. I saw him yesterday. He gave me a briefing. I think that he believes you have to get the documents,” Trump said.

When asked what Rosenstein said about the IG report, Trump said, “Well he wasn’t thrilled about it. I mean you know, you can’t be if you’re in there now, but it really was talking about the past. It’s not talking about us. It’s talking about before us, and it’s talking about the election.

“What they did during the election was a disgrace. It’s probably never happened in our country before, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What’s going to happen when we go further? And there was total bias, I mean total bias,” the president added.

“From what you’ve seen so far, should James Comey be locked up?” Doocy asked.

“Look I would never want to be involved in that. Certainly, they just seem like criminal acts to me. What he did was criminal. What he did was a terrible thing to the people. What he did was so bad in terms of our Constitution, in terms of the well-being of our country,” Trump said.

“What he did was horrible. Should he be locked up? Let somebody make a determination. Look at all the dishonest things that crooked Hillary did. Look at what’s gone on? It’s very sad,” he said.

“Sounds like he was using a private email too,” Doocy said.

“He had a private email. That was -- of all the things, that wasn’t to me maybe the most interesting, but it was probably the funniest thing,” Trump said.

“She got in big trouble for her private email,” Doocy said. “James Comey’s using one too.”

“That was a little bit of a surprise I have to say,” the president said.

“From what we’ve seen though regarding the IG report, it sounds like Comey made some bad judgments, but nothing criminal,” Doocy said.

“Well if you look at what happened, and don’t forget, all of these people like Strzok, what he did was criminal. Strzok and so many others - McCabe, well they all worked for Comey, and Comey knew everything that was going on. You think McCabe didn’t tell him everything? McCabe told them everything, and McCabe is up for criminal right now,” Trump said, referring to Peter Strzok, who was the lead FBI investigator in the HIllary Clinton investigation, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

“And now he’s suing the Department of Justice,” Doocy said, referring to McCabe.

“And he’s now suing, and it’s a total mess. They’re all going against each other. No, I think Comey was the ringleader of this whole you know den of thieves. It was a den of thieves,” Trump said.

“Are you confident that either through the congressional investigators or the IG report or new management at the FBI things are gonna work out, things are cleaning up, and we’ll get to the bottom of all that stuff?” Doocy asked.

“I think so. I do believe so. I think it’s happening. It’s happening slowly, but it’s happening. I think Christopher Wray is very different from Comey, which is what you need. You need different. You need like the opposite, and he’s moving step by step, and you’re gonna see a whole new very proud FBI,” Trump said.

“I think that the Justice Department will end up being great. It’s all going to happen. It’s all going to work out, but I tried to stay as much uninvolved as I can,” the president said.


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