FBI officers debated whether or not President TrumpDonald John TrumpLanny Davis: Trump views Cohen as ‘greatest threat to his presidency’ House Oversight chairman accuses Trump of making ‘a lot of money’ off presidency Trump references ‘Wounded Knee’ in tweet mocking Warren MORE was “appearing on the behest of” Russia after he fired former FBI director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBernstein: Trump has helped Putin ‘destabilize the US’ Republicans seek to temper fallout from latest Russia bombshells Cruz says Americans outside Beltway unconcerned with Mueller investigation MORE in 2017, the FBI’s common counsel informed House investigators final 12 months, based on CNN.
James Baker informed investigators that the likelihood Trump was working for Russia was “one excessive” that FBI officers debated, based on transcripts that CNN obtained.
“The different excessive is that the President is totally harmless, and we mentioned that too. There’s a spread of issues this might presumably be,” he stated, based on the information community.
“We want to analyze, as a result of we do not know whether or not, , the worst-case state of affairs is presumably true or the President is completely harmless and we have to get this factor over with — and so he can transfer ahead along with his agenda,” Baker added.
The New York Times reported on Friday that the FBI in 2017 opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether or not Trump was engaged on behalf of Russia. The Times reported that Trump’s firing of Comey prompted the probe.
Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is investigating Russian interference within the 2016 election and doable obstruction of justice on the a part of Trump, who has repeatedly dismissed the probe as a “witch hunt.”
CNN additionally reported that former FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified that the bureau was contemplating opening a probe into whether or not Trump was engaged on behalf of Russia even earlier than he fired Comey.
“This case had been a subject of dialogue for a while,” Page testified, based on CNN. “The ‘ready on’ was an indecision and a cautiousness on the a part of the bureau with respect to what to do and whether or not there was enough predication to open.”
It has beforehand been reported that Peter Strzok, the previous FBI agent who was fired as a result of he made feedback crucial of Trump, informed Page in a textual content message following Comey’s dismissal that the FBI wanted “to open the case we have been ready on.”
“Lyin’ James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter S and his lover, agent Lisa Page, & extra, all disgraced and/or fired and caught within the act. These are simply a number of the losers that attempted to do a quantity in your President. Part of the Witch Hunt. Remember the ‘insurance coverage coverage?’ This is it!” Trump wrote.
Lyin’ James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter S and his lover, agent Lisa Page, & extra, all disgraced and/or fired and caught within the act. These are simply a number of the losers that attempted to do a quantity in your President. Part of the Witch Hunt. Remember the “insurance coverage coverage?” This is it!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019