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.
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.
All have been frequent targets by right-wing media outlets that claim that the so-called "deep state" to working to undermine Trump's presidency.
"This", said Meacham, "is what the Founders were anxious about".
Trump also wrote that those who initiated the investigations, mostly former FBI leaders he has fired for "very bad reasons", did it with "no reason and no proof" as a response to his firing of Comey.
Mueller's probe has brought indictments against 34 people including Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as well as a series of Russian intelligence officers and Kremlin-connected officials. The Times said it was unclear whether Mueller was still pursuing it. "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. Counterintelligence investigations are typically carried out quietly over a long period of time, unlike criminal investigations. The FBI, however, apparently felt vindicated after Trump remarked that Comey's firing had helped relieve Russia-related political pressure.
First, two days after Comey's dismissal, Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt that he had "this Russian Federation thing" in mind when he made a decision to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. After the rigged & botched Crooked Hillary investigation, where she was interviewed on July 4th Weekend, not recorded or sworn in, and where she said she didn't know anything (a lie) the FBI was in complete turmoil (see N.Y. Post) because of Comey's poor leadership and the way he handled the Clinton mess (not to mention his usurpation of powers from the Justice Department).
Experts immediately reflected on the landmark nature of the story, coming as it has after two years of reporting about Trump associates' interactions with Russians and their attempts to cover them up; Trump's solicitous behavior toward Putin, despite the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian hackers, under Putin's direction, had interfered in the 2016 election; and Trump's repeated public rejections of that assessment, including his refusal to implement sanctions against Russia that were near-unanimously passed by Congress.
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