Trump blasts FBI probe into whether he worked for Rus­sia

New Straits Times - - WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump blasted the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion on Satur­day, in­sist­ing it acted “for no rea­son and 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 and 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.

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