Trump on Comey: ‘He’s either very sick or very dumb’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insists he "won't be involved" in any attempt to interfere with the investigation into Russian election meddling — unless he changes his mind.

Trump also is renewing his attacks on James Comey, the FBI director he fired last year, accusing him of lying about Trump's trip to Moscow in 2013 that has received fresh scrutiny. Early Friday, Trump accused Comey in a tweet of leaking classified information.

"He's either very sick or very dumb," Trump tweeted.

On Thursday, the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure that would safeguard special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired. The move came shortly after Trump, in a television interview, blasted the Justice Department, which oversees the special counsel's investigation.

"I am very disappointed in my Justice Department. But because of the fact that it's going on, and I think you'll understand this, I have decided that I won't be involved," the president said in a telephone interview with "Fox & Friends."

But then he added: "I may change my mind at some point, because what's going on is a disgrace."

The Mueller legislation approved by the Senate panel may be largely symbolic, since Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won't bring it up for a full Senate vote. But it shows there are limits to Republican support for Trump when it comes to the president's attacks on the special counsel's probe.

Trump laced into Comey as "a leaker" and "a liar." He disputed Comey's claim that Trump told him he did not spend the night in Moscow during his 2013 trip to attend the Miss Universe pageant.

"He said I didn't stay there a night. Of course I stayed there," Trump said. "I stayed there a very short period of time but of course I stayed."

The Mueller probe has already led to the indictments of several former Trump campaign officials.



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