Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey has renewed calls for an independent inquiry into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
The president’s decision to dismiss Comey on Monday evening came a day after Trump’s own attorney, Marc Kasowitz, was charged with obstruction of justice over his involvement in the investigation.
On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced it was investigating the FBI director’s actions in the Clinton email probe, a move that comes just a week after Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions both met with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
In his tweet, Trump said that Comey’s firing was part of a larger “systemic problem” that has been going on for “years” in the FBI.
In recent days, Trump and Kasowitz have clashed over how to respond to reports that the FBI is conducting a parallel criminal probe into Russia.
In his statement on Monday, Trump dismissed the FBI as an “unreliable, untrustworthy and incompetent institution.”
“This was the worst political witch hunt I’ve ever seen in my lifetime,” Trump said.
“This is an agency that is in total disarray, and it is so corrupt.”
The White House declined to comment on Kasowitz’s claims of obstruction.
But Trump has repeatedly attacked the FBI since the November election, including accusing it of “attacking my campaign and my family.”
Trump also called on the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Russia probe.
He has said he would like the FBI to have full access to all information about the probe, including documents that the Justice department deems “confidential.”
The Justice Department said in a statement that it is committed to pursuing appropriate legal remedies, including the creation of an independent investigative commission to conduct its own review of the matter.
“In order to conduct an independent, thorough, and independent review of this matter, it is critical that the Department has the resources and authority necessary to conduct the review it needs to ensure the integrity of this investigation,” the department said.