Trump: "Cowardly Comey" Leaks "Far More Prevalent Than Anyone Ever Thought Possible"
After waking up on Sunday, Trump didn't waste much time before taking to his favorite social network, where in a series of tweets, he first took credit for the latest Dow Jones record high, while praising the record "business and economic enthusiasm", slamming "obstructionist" Democrats who "have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare", and lashing out at "cowardly" Comey’s “leaks” will be “far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible.”
"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!', Trump said in a Tweet at 8:30am on Sunday.
I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2017
... suggesting that Comey's admission that he leaked information to the NYT is just the tip of the iceberg.
Trump's tweet was his latest response to Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee where as a reminder the former FBI director said he leaked notes of his conversations with the president to the NYT through a friend in the hopes it would lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor. Comey said his decision was prompted by Trump’s suggestion, made on Twitter three days after his firing, that he may have secret recordings of their conversations, something Trump made a cryptic refernce to during a Friday press conference when he refused to address the subject but said the media would be "disappointed" with the outcome.
“My judgment was, I need to get that out into the public square,” Comey told the intelligence panel. “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. Didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons. I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
Needless to say, Trump - who has slammed the FBI's leaking for months - was not pleased.
Comey also said he is sure that special counsel Mueller is now looking into whether Trump’s actions amounted to obstruction of justice.
Meanwhile, on Friday Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, said he is prepared a leak complaint against Comey over his handling of memos on his interactions with the president. In a statement to the press on Thursday, Kasowitz said "selective and illegal leaks of classified information" are undermining the Trump administration.
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Separately, Trump once again slammed the "fake news" for not covering the economic "achievements" under his watch, which include the latest record high in the Dow (if not Nasdaq), although we are certain central banks would beg to differ on this one, while taking credit for the (slowing) pace of job creation (down to just 160k monthly average in the Dec-May period), and "record" high but slumping business and consumer confidence.
"The #FakeNews MSM doesn't report the great economic news since Election Day. #DOW up 16%. #NASDAQ up 19.5%. Drilling & energy sector way up. Regulations way down. 600,000+ new jobs added. Unemployment down to 4.3%. Business and economic enthusiasm way up- record levels!" Trump tweeted, although it was not exactly clear how many Americans in the lower and middle classed care about where the Nasdaq closes on any given day.
...way up. Regulations way down. 600,000+ new jobs added. Unemployment down to 4.3%. Business and economic enthusiasm way up- record levels!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2017
Needless to say, with Trump tempting the market fates on an almost daily basis, it is only a matter of time before they take him, and the stock market - which Trump said last September was a "big, fat, ugly bubble", to task.