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Trump attacks his own FBI in a series of tweets

President Donald Trump.
Kevin Lamarque | Reuters
President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump attacked his own FBI in a series of tweets on Sunday morning and said the law enforcement agency's reputation is "in tatters."

The president was responding to reports that a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election meddling because of anti-Trump text messages.

He said after years under fired FBI director James Comey, "with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more)," the agency's reputation "is in tatters - worst in history!'" The president also retweeted a tweet suggesting FBI Director Chris Wray "needs to clean house."

The president said earlier Sunday he never asked Comey to stop investigating ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.