Saturday 21 September 2019

Give back my stolen time - Trump over 'fool Comey'

‘Unfair’: Donald Trump wants to serve more than eight years. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
‘Unfair’: Donald Trump wants to serve more than eight years. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rachael Alexander Washington

US President Donald Trump has suggested he could serve more than eight years as president due to "how unfairly" he has been treated by the FBI and its investigations into him.

On Thursday, the Justice Department's inspector general (IG) released a report saying that former FBI director James Comey violated agency policies when he retained and leaked a set of memos he took documenting meetings with Mr Trump in early 2017.

Still, the IG found "no evidence that Mr Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media".

Mr Trump has been tweeting about the report since media revealed it.

"The disastrous IG Report on James Comey shows, in the strongest of terms, how unfairly I, and tens of millions of great people who support me, were treated," Mr Trump tweeted early yesterday.

"Our rights and liberties were illegally stripped away by this dishonest fool. We should be given our stolen time back?"

He continued: "The fact that James Comey was not prosecuted for the absolutely horrible things he did just shows how fair and reasonable Attorney General Bill Barr is.

"So many people and experts that I have watched and read would have taken an entirely different course. Comey got Lucky!"

The president has mentioned serving longer than the legal eight years several times, joking in April that he could remain in the White House "at least for 10 or 14 years".

Meanwhile, it also emerged yesterday Mr Trump is considering creating more mental institutions as a response to combat gun violence. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, rampage last year which left 17 people dead, Mr Trump suggested mentally ill people needed to be locked up.

Then after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, jolted the nation earlier this month, Mr Trump again spoke of "building new facilities" for the mentally ill as a way to reduce mass shootings.

"We don't have those institutions anymore and people can't get proper care," Mr Trump lamented at a New Hampshire campaign rally not long after the latest shootings.

But now, in response to Mr Trump's concerns, White House staff members are actively looking for ways to incorporate the president's desire for more institutions into a long list of other measures aimed at reducing gun violence.

It's the latest example of White House policy aides scrambling to come up with concrete policies or proposals to fill out ideas tossed out by the president. It's an idea, however, that mental health professionals say reflects outdated thinking on the treatment of mental illness.

As the White House looks for ways to fight gun violence, officials have looked at Indiana as one potential model in addressing mental illness.

The state opened a new 159-bed psychiatric hospital in March, Indiana's first in more than 50 years. The hospital is focused on treating patients with the most challenging psychiatric illnesses and then moving them into treatment settings within the community or state mental health system.

Irish Independent

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