President, at Mar-a-Lago for Christmas with his family, spoke with reporters on Tuesday
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he considers “getting rid” of the FBI officials who conducted the Trump-Russia investigation to be one of his “greatest achievements.”
“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 told reporters at Mar-a-Lago, where he is staying for his family’s Christmas vacation.
The president began his remarks by responding to a question about whether he might consider pardoning Roger Stone, the longtime GOP operative and Trump ally who was indicted during the special counsel’s investigation for allegedly making false statements to Congress.
Trump said he hasn’t considered a pardon for Stone yet.
But he does believe Stone was treated “very unfairly” in the special counsel’s case.
“I haven’t thought of it. I think it’s very tough what they did to Roger Stone, compared to what they do to other people on their side,” Trump said.
“Now they’re finding out it was a big hoax. They’re finding out it was a horrible thing. We were spied on, my campaign was spied on,” Trump said.
Trump did not say which FBI officials he was glad to be rid of, specifically.
Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired on March 16, 2018, after the bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility and the Justice Department’s inspector general discovered he lacked candor during his interviews about the authorization of media leaks in October 2016.
Peter Strzok (shown above right, at the top of this article), the former deputy chief of counterintelligence, was fired on Aug. 10, 2018, when it was discovered he had exchanged anti-Trump text messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page (shown above left, top of this article as well).
As for Page, she resigned from her FBI post on May 4, 2018.
Trump could pardon "good person" Roger Stone, calls FBI investigators "evil people" https://t.co/FPKvZFKd4s
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 24, 2019
President Trump could have been referring to any of these people.
He could have been referring to all of them.
But it’s understandable why a president of the United States whose own federal employees often seem to be working against him might want them gone.
This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
Author: The Political Insider Staff