President Donald Trump is once more lashing out at former FBI Director James Comey for his allegedly lenient conclusion in the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over...and so much more," the president tweeted on Sept. 1, referring to allegations made by two Republican senators on August 31. "A rigged system!"
Many online criticized the president for making such statements after Hurricane Harvey.
"Texas is 'heeling,'" wrote one person in The New York Times' comments section, referencing a misspelling in one of the president's earlier tweets, which was later removed. "Just when will YOU be brought to HEEL??? Atrociously incompetent and just plain embarrassing. Seriously."
Others responded to his comments with distrust.
"Gee wonder why Trump's worrying about the Russia Investigation instead of caring for flood victims?" tweeted one person.
"Someone needs to tell Trump, he won," wrote another. "He doesn't need to keep living in the past with Hillary Clinton. Or, maybe his obsession with her is just another distraction to keep prying eyes off Russia Gate. There is sooooooo much work for this man boy to do and yet he wakes up every day dwelling on the election that he already won, how many bodies there are at his on going 'campaign' rallies and who to fire next."
Trump's tweet came after two Republican senators, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, made comments about Comey on Aug. 31.
According to the senators, Comey had started to draft a statement recommending Clinton not faces charges even before interviewing important aides who "had intimate and personal knowledge relating to Secretary Clinton’s non-government server, including helping her build and administer the device."
Clinton was being investigated for her use of an unsecured private email server while she served as secretary of state.
"According to the unredacted portions of the transcripts, it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton," they wrote in a letter to the FBI also published as an Aug. 31 news release on Grassley's website. "That was long before FBI agents finished their work. Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership. The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts.
"Conclusion first, fact-gathering second -- that’s no way to run an investigation," the senators commented. "The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy."
Sources: Donald J. Trump/Twitter, The New York Times, Senator Chuck Grassley / Featured Image: Federal Bureau of Investigation/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, Federal Bureau of Investigation/Wikimedia Commons