Former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday blasted President Trump for “lying” after Trump tweeted about an FBI raid of his former lawyer, Michael Cohen.
In a tweet shared with a screenshot of Trump’s tweet, Comey also criticized Republicans for not speaking out against the president.
Trump tweeted earlier Sunday that the FBI “broke into” Cohen’s office when they seized documents in April from his home, office and hotel room.
The FBI in April raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel room, seizing troves of documents and computer files. The search warrants for the raids came in part based on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.
Cohen last week was sentenced to three years in prison for multiple federal crimes he pleaded guilty to months after the raids, including bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations he said he committed at Trump’s direction when he paid two women to keep quiet about alleged affairs with the president.
At his sentencing, Cohen said he took “full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to, the personal ones to me and those involving the president of the United States of America.”
Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for the president, told ABC in an interview after his sentencing that he acted out of loyalty to Trump. He added that Trump knew the payments were wrong.
Trump said he did not direct Cohen to break the law, and argued that Cohen’s crimes were “all unrelated” to him other than the campaign finance violations, which the president insisted were not criminal.
The president has regularly lashed out at his own law enforcement agencies and officials while in office. He has repeatedly attacked Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, lambasted former FBI Director James Comey and targeted numerous other Justice Department officials.
Via: The Hill