President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted that the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is “so highly regarded” that he plans to tweet “about it.”
Trump, who has been sharply critical of the findings of the FBI and the CIA in recent weeks, did not identify the report or name a specific agency.
Trump, a longtime critic of the investigation, has been critical of former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the probe into Russian interference.
Trump has also criticized former FBI director Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation.
Mueller is leading a special counsel investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign and associates.
Trump’s tweet comes just days after the former FBI chief said he would not be fired if he recommended firing Comey.
The president on Thursday said that he had been informed that former FBI Chief James Comey had asked for the dismissal of former Director James B. Comey in his capacity as FBI director.
Comey, who was fired by Trump last month, had been leading the bureau’s Russia probe and a probe into possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia.
Trump on Wednesday asked Comey to stay on as FBI Director, but Comey declined.
“I was fired because of Russia,” Comey said in an interview with NBC News.
“And the reason why is that I believe there was a crime committed.”
Comey said he was fired to prevent the investigation into Trump and his associates being politicized by the president’s former campaign and allies.
Comey said Trump’s request to him came in the context of the ongoing investigation into whether the Trump Campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election.
Trump and other Republicans have accused the FBI of improperly seeking the cooperation of Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned amid the Russia investigation last month.
The former national intelligence director said in a letter that he was concerned that the FBI had been improperly using a search warrant to obtain Flynn’s communications.
The FBI declined to comment on Trump’s tweets.
“There is no information indicating that there is a criminal investigation into the President or his campaign, other than the fact that the president and his aides have been contacted about this matter,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in statement on Thursday.
“At this time, we do not have a criminal inquiry into the president.”
Wray also said he has not yet spoken to Trump, and that he does not know if there has been a formal request for Comey’s resignation.
Wray’s comments come as Comey’s allies are pushing for a more public airing of the Russian investigation.
The White House has said that the investigation was conducted appropriately and thoroughly and that it would not seek to interfere in the ongoing investigations.
Comey’s firing has been widely criticized as politically motivated and a breach of the bureau oath to uphold the law and public trust.
Trump also sent his message on Twitter in the wake of Comey’s departure, writing that Comey had done a “terrible job” and calling for his resignation.
“James Comey is a bad man.
I don’t know if he’s done a bad job, but he’s a terrible man,” Trump wrote.
“He’s done his job so poorly that he deserves to be fired.
He’s done an amazing job.”
Comey, 62, was nominated by Trump in 2015 to head the FBI.
He was fired last month amid a political firestorm after he said that Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty to him and his boss during a dinner at the White House.
Comey has been an outspoken critic of Trump, calling him “a pathological liar” and a “grandstander.”