WASHINGTON — President Trump resumed his attacks Monday on James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, and said that Mr. Comey, his former deputy and others “committed many crimes!”
The president — in his first Twitter post since the airing of Mr. Comey’s first public interview about his months serving in the Trump administration — again accused Mr. Comey of lying to Congress, but he did not specify which other crimes he believed Mr. Comey and others committed.
And the president referenced Mr. Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton, in part, blames Mr. Comey’s handling of the email case for her not winning the presidency.
In his Monday morning tweet, Mr. Trump accused Mr. Comey and Mr. McCabe of committing “many crimes.” It was posted just a few hours before the president’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was to appear before a federal judge in New York related to an ongoing investigation into possible bank fraud.
In his five-hour interview with ABC’s chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos, on the program “20/20,” Mr. Comey said it was possible that the president obstructed justice when he asked Mr. Comey to let go of the investigation into Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.
Mr. Comey also said the president “lies constantly about matters big and small.”
Mr. Trump has said repeatedly that Mr. Comey is a liar. And the Republican National Committee has launched a “Lyin’ Comey” website to push back against claims in Mr. Comey’s book, which is coming out on Tuesday.
On Sunday, hours before the airing of Mr. Comey’s interview, Mr. Trump tweeted that Mr. Comey disclosed classified information and lied to Congress. Mr. Trump also said Mr. Comey was not smart and the “WORST FBI Director in history, by far!”