President Donald Trump didn’t hold anything back on Tuesday when he shredded the FBI for its actions during the infamous Russia collusion probe.
Speaking with reporters from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he’s staying for the Christmas holiday, Trump said “getting rid” of the “bad people” who used the FBI against him during and after the 2016 election was his “greatest, or one of my greatest, achievements” as president, the Daily Caller reports.
Clearing out “evil” at the FBI
The FBI’s Trump–Russia collusion investigation, which Trump has called a “big hoax,” was launched in 2016, and, according to a recently released report from Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz, there were “significant” problems with it — namely, abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the bureau to obtain warrants to spy on a member of Trump’s campaign team.
“And now we find out they’re a bunch of dirty cops — paid for by the [Democratic National Committee], paid for by Hillary Clinton, in many cases,” Trump lamented Tuesday.
He went on: “They did a phony dossier, they used the dossier for FISA, and now, as you know, the FISA court and the top judge is very much involved, and hopefully they’re going to do something about it.
“But these were dirty people, these were bad people, these were evil people, and I hope that someday I’m going to consider it my greatest, or one of my greatest achievements, getting rid of them,” Trump added. “Because we have no place in our country for people like that.”
According to the Daily Caller, President Trump’s remarks about the FBI came in response to a reporter’s question about whether he had considered issuing a pardon for his longtime friend Roger Stone, who was convicted in mid-November of lying to investigators during the Trump–Russia probe.
“Well, I haven’t thought of it,” Trump said of the pardon, according to Newsweek. “I think it’s very tough what they did to Roger Stone, compared to what they do to other people on their side.”
The president noted that Stone was only minorly involved in his campaign at the very beginning, adding: “He got hit very hard, as did General [Michael] Flynn, and as did a lot of other people, who got hit very, very hard, and now they’re finding out it was all a big hoax. They’re finding out it was a horrible thing. We were spied on, my campaign was spied on,” Trump said. Watch below, courtesy of the Daily Caller:
Though President Trump didn’t name names, the “dirty,” “bad,” and “evil” people at the FBI to whom he was referring likely included former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI special agent Peter Strzok, among others.
By ridding the so-called “Deep State” of these bureaucrats, Trump has gotten the country one step closer to trusting its institutions again. And that will indeed go down as one of the greatest achievements of his presidency.