While celebrating Christmas at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump declared what he sees as one of the greatest achievements of his presidency, so far: getting rid of “evil” FBI officials.
President Trump referred to the corrupt FBI officials behing the Russia probe,
“These were dirty people. These were bad people. These were evil people, and I hope that someday I’m going to consider it my greatest, or one of my greatest achievements, getting rid of them.”
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Trump made the statement as part of a question asked by reporters on whether he would consider pardoning Roger Stone.
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The Daily Caller has more to say:
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he considers “getting rid” of the FBI officials who led the Trump-Russia probe to be one of his “greatest achievements” in office.
“These were dirty people. These were bad people. These were evil people, and I hope that someday I’m going to consider it my greatest, or one of my greatest achievements, getting rid of them,” Trump told reporters at Mar-a-Lago, where he is on Christmas vacation.
Trump initially responded to a question about whether he is considering a pardon for Roger Stone, the longtime GOP operative who was indicted in the special counsel’s investigation on charges of making false statements to Congress.
Stone, who worked briefly on the Trump campaign and has known Trump for decades, was convicted on Nov. 15.
Trump said that he has yet to consider a pardon for Stone, but that he believes he was treated “very unfair” in the special counsel’s case.
“I haven’t thought of it. I think it’s very tough what they did to Roger Stone, compared to what they do to other people on their side,” Trump said.
The New York Post also added:
The president went on to blast the Russian investigation as a “hoax” and compared Stone’s treatment by the feds with the conviction of his one-time national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
“He got hit very hard as did General Flynn, as did a lot of other people who got hit very, very hard and now they’re finding out it was all a big hoax,” Trump said. “They’re finding out it was a horrible thing. We were spied on, my campaign was spied on. And again, Roger Stone was not a part of it, the campaign.”
The president then referred to the report from the internal watchdog of the Justice Department that faulted the FBI for abusing federal surveillance procedures in the early days of the Russia probe on wiretapping Trump campaign officials.
“These were dirty people, these were bad people, these were evil people and I hope that someday I’m going to consider it my greatest or one of my greatest achievements getting rid of them because we have no place in our country for people like that,” Trump said.