Trump calls question on whether he ever worked for Russian Federation 'insulting'
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 15, 2019,
Jan 15, 2019, 0:57
One of President Donald Trump's former lawyers for the Russian Federation probe is accusing former FBI officials of staging a "coup" by opening a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump acted as a foreign agent of Russian Federation.
Over the weekend, the president decried The Times report claiming the FBI opened a counterintelligence probe into Mr. Trump the day after he fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, with the goal of determining whether Mr. Trump was working for the Russians.
"I think it is the most insulting thing I have ever been asked", he said, before bashing the New York Times, which broke the story about the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.
"I think it's the most insulting thing I have ever been asked", Trump said.
According to Trump, "the FBI was in complete turmoil. because of Comey's poor leadership" and the way he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server to send some government emails.
But Trump waved off their queries, leaving the officials to rely exclusively on a brief readout that Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state at the time, had provided to the news media, according to the former official.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that whether Trump ever worked on behalf of Moscow is "the defining question" of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's investigation.
Speaking to Fox News' Jeanine Pirro, Trump denied the reporting and said, "you'd see that they found absolutely nothing".
'I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked, ' Trump replied.
"I never worked for Russia", Trump told reporters.
Trump's relations with Russian Federation before his election in 2016 are the focus of an ongoing criminal inquiry led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
There are no detailed records of five personal meetings President Donald Trump has had with Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reported Saturday, citing U.S. officials. According to the report, those concerns led to the opening of a counterintelligence investigation, as well as a criminal probe focused on the question of whether Comey's firing amounted to obstruction of justice.
The Times report also included references to Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, FBI officials who were having an affair and exchanged text messages critical of Trump during the 2016 campaign.
"In the coming weeks, the Judiciary Committee will take steps to better understand both the President's actions and the FBI's response to that behavior, and to make certain that these career investigators are protected from President Trump's increasingly unhinged attacks", he said.
These include his former national security adviser Michael Flynn; former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort; and Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen. "The reason President Trump fired Comey was Comey refused to say that publicly, that the president was not under investigation". After two years in office, the president is still being questioned about whether he was compromised by Russian intelligence agencies and he is still struggling to answer clearly.