President-elect Donald Trump says Democrats shouldn’t be “complaining” about the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton because she is “guilty as hell” and shouldn’t have been allowed to run for president in the first place.
Trump seems to be responding to a Justice Department inquiry into the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Clinton’s private email server, and the FBI’s decision to release information about the review days before the election. Clinton aides have accused the FBI of influencing voters.
Trump tweeted early Friday: “Based on the information they had she should never have been allowed to run — guilty as hell. They were VERY nice to her.”
Trump adds that Clinton lost because she “campaigned in the wrong states — no enthusiasm!”
Trump will be sworn in Friday in a ceremony Clinton plans to attend as a former first lady.
Meanwhile, Trump has tapped Long Island native Anthony Scaramucci to serve as a White House special assistant charged with public outreach efforts.
Scaramucci, a Manhasset resident who was raised in Port Washington, confirmed the appointment to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower Friday morning, saying his job would be to “get the message out to inter-governmental agencies and businesses” about the Trump administration’s work.
“One of my personal goals is to get all the American people to see President-elect Trump as I see him,” Scaramucci said.
Scaramucci, the head of the investment firm SkyBridge Capital, said in the new role whose title is still being worked out, he will work with “businesses large and small, government agencies large and small, to help them improve the quality of life for the American people.”
The financier was a prominent campaign surrogate for Trump, often appearing on cable TV shows to speak on the Republican candidate’s behalf, and he has been a mainstay at Trump Tower during the transition.
Asked if his role would be similar to that of Valerie Jarrett’s, running the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama administration, Scaramucci said: “That’s probably an overstatement.”
“Valerie and I know each other quite well and I will be speaking to her later in the day. I don’t want to overstate the position,” Scaramucci said.
Also Friday, Congress approved legislation that allows retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon in the Trump administration.
The House easily cleared the bill, 268-151, despite complaints from many Democrats that Republicans had rushed the measure unnecessarily. The Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation a day earlier.
A White House spokesman said President Barack Obama would sign the measure if Congress approved it before he leaves office.
The bill grants a one-time exception for Mattis from the law that bars former service members who have been out of uniform for less than seven years from holding the top Pentagon job. The restriction is meant to preserve civilian control of the military. Mattis, 66, retired from the Marine Corps in 2013.
Congress last granted an exception to the law in 1950 for George Marshall, a former five-star Army general and secretary of state.
Trump also tweeted Friday that his team will have a “full report on hacking within 90 days.”
He again dismissed as fake a document alleging Russia has damaging information about him. Trump tweeted that the dossier includes “totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans — FAKE NEWS!”