Always an embarrassment, in a meeting with Russian officials, President Donald Trump openly mocked former FBI Director James Comey. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” according to the New York Times. He then added, “I’m not under investigation.”
The Trump administration’s press secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute this account.
In his statement, Mr. Spicer said:
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia. The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
Mr. Spicer’s statement leaves a lot of open questions since it doesn’t explain why the President would share such intimate information with a nation considered an adversary of the United States.
His statement also doesn’t explain why the President would openly lampoon a respected member of the nation’s intelligence community to a country seeking to destroy democracy in the U.S.