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Lashing out at opponents, Trump bashes the FBI and threatens to intrude on the Russia investigation

WASHINGTON - In a rambling, grievance-filled interview, President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to intervene in the Justice Department's Russia investigation, again derided former FBI Director James B. Comey as "a leaker and ... a liar," and defended allies now under investigation.

Trump also used the wide-ranging half-hour phone conversation with the hosts of "Fox & Friends" to praise his handling of Iran and North Korea, and said his accomplishments as president were unparalleled. "I would give myself an A-plus," he said.

Yet even in that friendly territory, the focus came back again and again to what Trump called the "phony cloud" of controversy surrounding him.

He flared with anger at the Justice Department, which he said

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