President Donald Trump praised the FBI director on Thursday, calling him “a good man” and praising his handling of a controversy over his handling a report that President Donald J. Trump asked the bureau to investigate a former White House intern who had leaked classified information to The Washington Post.
“James Comey is a good man.
A good man with great heart,” Trump said in a tweet.
“I wish him the best of luck in the investigation.”
In an interview with Fox News, Comey was asked if he thought he would be fired if he told the truth about Trump’s interactions with him during the presidential campaign.
“If I tell the truth, I would be in trouble, he replied.
Trump added that he would have fired Comey regardless of the report, but would not rule it out.”
The president said he had no regrets about the way he handled the Comey story,” said Fox News’ Carl Cameron.
Trump was responding to the bombshell revelation by The New York Times, which said the president had asked Comey to shut down the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn because of what the paper said were the president’s repeated requests to pressure the former National Intelligence Director to stop investigating Flynn.
In his interview with CNN, Comey said the President had asked him to stop the Flynn investigation and that he felt pressured to do so.
Comey also said he did not think he would ever be fired over the issue, but that he had been told to stop looking into Flynn’s dealings with Russia.
Trump had fired Comey, whom he had previously accused of leaking classified information, on Feb. 14.