Trump slams FBI for probe into his ‘links’ with Rus­sia

Agency in­ves­ti­gated if Prez acted on Moscow’s be­half dur­ing ex-chief’s fir­ing

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - W RLD - —AFP

Washington: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump blasted the FBI Satur­day, in­sist­ing it acted “for no rea­son & with no proof ” when it opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether he was act­ing on Rus­sia’s be­half after he fired the agency’s di­rec­tor, James Comey, in May 2017.

The New York Times re­ported that the FBI launched the pre­vi­ously undis­closed coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine whether Trump posed a national se­cu­rity threat, at the same time that it opened a crim­i­nal probe into pos­si­ble ob­struc­tion of jus­tice by the pres­i­dent.

The FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion was sub­se­quently folded into the broader probe by Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller into Rus­sia’s med­dling in the 2016 elec­tion and pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tion by the Trump cam­paign. No ev­i­dence has pub­licly emerged that Trump was se­cretly in con­tact with or took direc­tion from Rus­sian of­fi­cials, the Times said.

“Wow, just learned in the Fail­ing New York Times that the cor­rupt for­mer lead­ers of the FBI, al­most all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad rea­sons, opened up an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on me, for no rea­son & with

no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a to­tal sleaze!” Trump tweeted.

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.

“My fir­ing of James Comey was a great day for Amer­ica,” Trump claimed, de­scrib­ing the

for­mer FBI di­rec­tor as “a Crooked Cop who is be­ing to­tally pro­tected by his best friend, Bob Mueller.”

The Times said that the FBI had been sus­pi­cious of Trump’s ties to Rus­sia dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign. But it held off on open­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­til the pres­i­dent sacked Comey, who re­fused to pledge al­le­giance to Trump and roll back the nascent Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

—AFP

Don­ald Trump (R), looks at Vladimir Putin as they take place for a fam­ily photo dur­ing the G20 Lead­ers’ Sum­mit in Buenos Aires last year

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