Former FBI Director James Comey called on American patriots to “stand up and reject the behavior of this president” after President Trump publicly sided with Russian president Vladimir Putin over his denial of involvement in the 2016 election.
“This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country,” Comey said in a tweet hours after President Trump refused to condemn Russia for interfering in the 2016 election at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president,” said Comey, who was fired by Trump last year while leading the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump White House and Russia.
This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.
— James Comey (@Comey) July 16, 2018
“The probe is a disaster for our country. I think it’s kept us separated. There was no collusion at all. Everybody knows it,” Trump said standing alongside Putin.
Asked directly if he believed Putin or his own intelligence community, which concluded that the Russians were behind the hacking and other interference, the president cast doubt on the cyber-attack and ripped US investigations into Russia while standing beside the Russian leader.
“So let me just say that we have two thoughts. You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server, why haven’t they taken the server. Why was the FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee. I’ve been wondering that. I’ve been asking that for months and months and I’ve been tweeting it out and calling it out on social media. Where is the server? I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying?” he said as Putin stood just several feet away during a joint press conference in Helsinki.
“What happened to Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, 33,000 e-mails gone, just gone. I think in Russia, they wouldn’t be gone so easily. I think it’s a disgrace that we can’t get Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 e-mails.”
“My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me, some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be,” he added.
Trump: "My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me, some others, they said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be." pic.twitter.com/p6kfkGw5pC
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 16, 2018