Trump lashes out at FBI after NYT report on Russian probe
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 13, 2019,
Jan 13, 2019, 1:58
The report also raises questions about whether Comey was being entirely truthful when he testified to Congress in December that Trump wasn't among the "four Americans" targeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence probe into Russian meddling.
The Times reported on Friday that the FBI was so concerned with his behavior toward Russian Federation that they started an investigation into whether Trump was actually working on behalf of the regime of Vladimir Putin or had fallen under their influence.
President Donald Trump had a scathing rebuke of the FBI after learning on Saturday that as part of the Russian Federation investigation, officials opened a counterintelligence inquiry into whether he worked on Moscow's behalf.
The president alleged that "everybody wanted [Comey] fired, Republican and Democrat alike", after "the rigged & botched Crooked Hillary investigation". The second was an NBC interview during which Trump said he asked Comey if he was under investigation.
The president on Saturday also slammed familiar targets including Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who's investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and Democrat Hillary Clinton. "My firing of James Comey was a great day for America". They cited Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a controversy that many believe helped Trump defeat the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election.
The White House has condemned a media report in the United States (US) that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) opened a counter-intelligence probe into whether President Donald Trump was secretly working for Russian Federation.
"I don't know if there's any time in our lifetime or the history of the country where federal law enforcement looked down to the White House ... and thought the actions of the president might threaten USA national security". "The fact that it goes back a year and a half and nothing came of it that showed a breach of national security means they found nothing", Giuliani told the NYT.
"He's [Strzok's] making an analogy here so my suggestion is, let's not, you know, throw the baby out with the bath water, let's sort of be a little bit more cautious with respect to our investigative steps because if he's not President, this plays a less of a threat to our national security".
His press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement Saturday that the latest charges are "absurd", adding, "James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack..."
The criminal aspect was reportedly related to Comey's dismissal and whether it was an obstruction of justice.
"The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice".