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Monday 23 July 2018

Trump attacks his own FBI in series of tweets

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House for New York in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House for New York in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
Michael Flynn has admitted lying to the FBI

US President Donald Trump has attacked his own FBI in a series of tweets and said the law enforcement agency's reputation was "in Tatters - worst in History!"

He added that "we will bring it back to greatness".

The president was responding to reports that a veteran FBI counter-intelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election meddling because of anti-Trump text messages.

Mr Trump wrote that after years under fired FBI director James Comey, "with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more)", the agency's reputation "is in Tatters - worst in History!"

The president also retweeted a tweet suggesting FBI director Chris Wray "needs to clean house".

The president said earlier on Sunday that he had never asked Mr Comey to stop investigating ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mr Comey testified before Congress in June that the president asked him if could see to "letting Flynn go".

Mr Comey said that request came a day after Mr Trump forced Mr Flynn to resign his White House post.

In a tweet on Sunday, Mr Trump said: "I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!"

Mr Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI and agreed to co-operate with Robert Mueller's investigation.

Mr Trump fired Mr Comey as FBI director in May.

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