Thu, 13 Aug 2020

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - US President Donald Trump on Saturday lit into Fox News' decision to interview two of his political foes - James Comey and Rep. Adam Schiff - as an attempt to be "politically correct."

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"Hard to believe that @FoxNews will be interviewing sleazebag & totally discredited former FBI Director James Comey, & also corrupt politician Adam 'Shifty' Schiff," Trump tweeted. "Fox is trying sooo hard to be politically correct, and yet they were totally shut out from the failed Dem debates!"

In a subsequent tweet, Trump likened the conservative cable network to "Commiecast MSNBC" and "Fake News CNN," saying they'd "die together as other outlets take their place."

Fox announced this week that the former FBI director and House Intelligence Committee chairman would sit for separate interviews with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday", Politico reported.

Trump, who often calls and tunes into Fox News shows, has recently disparaged the network for occasionally critical coverage of his presidency, encouraging supporters to seek out alternatives and tweeting support for One America News Network, a lesser-known conservative network.

Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, recently traveled to Ukraine accompanied by the newer pro-Trump outlet.

Some of Fox News' hosts and analysts have pushed back on the president's attacks, while others, including Shep Smith, have left the network following divisions over its largely pro-Trump coverage. Trump singled out Smith on Saturday, asking, "How's Shep doing?"

The president's criticism comes after a week that saw the Justice Department's top watchdog conclude that the FBI's investigation into Russian influence on his campaign was justified and House Democrats approved articles of impeachment against him.

Comey, who was dismissed by Trump in May 2017, took to twitter on Monday to tout FBI Inspector General Michael Horowitz's findings, saying the president's attacks on him and investigators were "all lies."

"No treason. No spying on the campaign. No tapping Trumps wires," Comey wrote. "It was just good people trying to protect America."

The Comey and Schiff interviews will air on local Fox stations from 9 a.m. Sunday.

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