Trump: ‘I May Get Involved’ in Justice Department ‘If It Gets Worse’

June 15, 2018

President Donald Trump said Friday that he is trying to stay uninvolved in the Justice Department but he may have to be involved if its bias against him worsens.

Trump, targeting "vicious" text messages about the FBI attempting to stop him from being elected and insulting his supporters, said the inspector general's new report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation proves the presence of bias at the FBI. Specifically, some in the FBI called Trump’s supporters "retarded," leading Trump to say his supporters are some of the "greatest" and "hardest-working" people — and that former FBI director James Comey is "scum."

"I have the bikers, I have the construction workers, I have them all," Trump said of his support. "And by the way, I have the FBI — you go into the FBI and take a poll of the real FBI, not the scum on top, not Comey and that group of people that are total thieves."

The IG report revealed a host of inappropriate behavior at the FBI, calling former director James Comey "insubordinate" and showing text messages where top investigators said they would "stop" Trump from being elected.

Trump then said he has taken pains not to get involved with the Justice Department the way he is with other departments like the State Department, but he said he may have to do something in the future.

"I said on the Department of Justice, I would stay uninvolved. Now I may get involved at some point if it gets worse," he said, adding that the investigation into Russian collusion will not implicate him in any conspiracy.

Fox News’ Steve Doocy then asked about documents Congress has requested from the Department of Justice, and Trump said, again, he does not want to be involved but he may not be able to stay "uninvolved." He did say, however, that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wants to provide those documents as Congress requested.

"I think that Rod Rosenstein thinks that you have to get the documents," he said. "I really believe that. I saw him yesterday, he gave me a briefing, I think he believes you have to get the documents."

He added that the FBI’s actions during the election were "a disgrace."