Trump attacks the FBI on Twitter, urges followers to sue ABC News

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning to declare that the FBI’s reputation “is in tatters,” renewing his long-running attacks on the government’s intelligence agencies. 

The president appeared to be reacting to a Fox News report on Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s investigation of potential collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. Fox reported that an FBI official was taken off Mueller’s team after it was found he’d sent anti-Trump text messages.

In a tweet, Trump called the agent “tainted (no, very dishonest).”    

On Friday, Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian government after last year’s election. Flynn admitted he spoke to the Russians at the behest of Trump transition team officials. His guilty plea to just one count suggests he is offering Mueller’s team plenty of cooperation in its investigation.

Along with firing then-FBI Director James Comey in May, Trump has scoffed at findings by various government agencies, including the CIA, on Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. 

Members past and present of President Trump's inner circle
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Members past and present of President Trump's inner circle
Hope Hicks: Former White House Director of Strategic Communications
Melania Trump: Wife to President Trump and first lady of the United States
Gary Cohn: Former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council
Michael Flynn: Former National Security Advisor, no longer with the Trump administration
Ivanka Trump: First daughter and presidential adviser
Gen. John Kelly: Former Secretary of Homeland Security, current White House chief of staff
Steve Bannon: Former White House chief strategist, no longer with the Trump administration
Jared Kushner: Son-in-law and senior adviser
Kellyanne Conway: Former Trump campaign manager, current counselor to the president
Reince Priebus: Former White House chief of staff, no longer with the Trump administration
Anthony Scaramucci: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: White House press secretary
Donald Trump Jr.: First son to President Trump
Sean Spicer: Former White House press secretary, soon to be no longer with the Trump administration
Jeff Sessions: U.S. attorney general
Steve Mnuchin: Secretary of Treasury
Paul Manafort: Former Trump campaign chairman
Carter Page: Former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign
Omarosa Manigault: Former Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison
Jason Miller: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Mike Dubke: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Stephen Miller: Trump senior policy adviser
Corey Lewandowski: Former Trump campaign manager
Eric Trump: Son to President Trump
Rex Tillerson: Former Secretary of State
Sebastian Gorka: Former deputy assistant to the president in the Trump administration, no longer in his White House role
Roger Stone: Former Trump campaign adviser, current host of Stone Cold Truth
Betsy DeVos: U.S. Education Secretary

The FBI wasn’t the only target of Trump’s Twitter rage Sunday morning. He also singled out ABC News and its investigative reporter, Brian Ross. The network announced on Saturday it was suspending Ross over his false report that Trump had directed Flynn to reach out to Russia during the presidential campaign. (Flynn’s meetings with Russians detailed in his plea were made during the transition.)

The stock market took a dive on Friday, likely at least in part due to Ross’ report, which ABC later corrected. On Sunday, Trump made a legally dubious recommendation to anyone who lost money in the markets Friday: sue ABC and Ross. 

As a presidential candidate, Trump vowed to make it easier to sue U.S. news outlets for libel, though he said nothing at the time about suing for damages due to drops in the stock market.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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