After a day of Twitter silence, President Donald Trump responded Friday morning to former FBI Director James Comey’s bombshell Senate testimony.
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!,” Trump tweeted.
In public statements to the Senate intelligence committee, Comey testified under oath that he believes Trump fired him “because of the Russia investigation.” Comey also said he wrote memos following meetings with the president because he was afraid Trump would lie about the nature of the meeting.
The former FBI director said the Trump administration tried to defame him, as well as the FBI. Comey called these statements “lies, plain and simple.”
Trump’s claim that Comey “is a leaker” appears to stem from an admission by the former FBI director that, through a friend, he passed on memos about his meetings with Trump to the press.
At least one major Democrat was quick to point out that Trump’s tweet implies Comey lied under oath.
“Making a false statement to Congress is a felony,” Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted. “This is not just another silly tweet.”