On Friday, The New York Times published a report that FBI has been investigating whether or not President Trump is a Russian Agent…. no, I’m not kidding. According to The New York Times, members of the FBI launched this investigation after President Trump fired James Comey in May of 2017. Their conclusion for the firing was Trump was a Russian asset, not just that he colluded with them, but an asset for the Russian government. Before I get into the absurdity of this story, here is the report.
The New York Times has a piece on it and here’s what it says.
WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.
The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.
So the President firing Comey, who was a schmuck and incompetent, was a threat to National security? Really?
The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, took over the inquiry into Mr. Trump when he was appointed, days after F.B.I. officials opened it. That inquiry is part of Mr. Mueller’s broader examination of how Russian operatives interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired with them. It is unclear whether Mr. Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence matter, and some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped in opening it.
The criminal and counterintelligence elements were coupled together into one investigation, former law enforcement officials said in interviews in recent weeks, because if Mr. Trump had ousted the head of the F.B.I. to impede or even end the Russia investigation, that was both a possible crime and a national security concern. The F.B.I.’s counterintelligence division handles national security matters.
If the president had fired Mr. Comey to stop the Russia investigation, the action would have been a national security issue because it naturally would have hurt the bureau’s effort to learn how Moscow interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Americans were involved, according to James A. Baker, who served as F.B.I. general counsel until late 2017. He privately testified in October before House investigators who were examining the F.B.I.’s handling of the full Russia inquiry.
All of this is just ridiculous. First of all, the reason why Trump fired comey was because he got annoyed by the fact that Comey wouldn’t publicly say that Trump was in fact not under investigation, so the obstruction of Justice case is rather weak. Second, if you honestly think that Donald J. Trump, a former reality TV star, is a secret Russian agent, you are out of your mind and plus there’s no evidence to back up the claims. The New York Times says as much.
No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials. An F.B.I. spokeswoman and a spokesman for the special counsel’s office both declined to comment.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, a lawyer for the president, sought to play down the significance of the investigation. “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,” Mr. Giuliani said on Friday, though he acknowledged that he had no insight into the inquiry.
The cloud of the Russia investigation has hung over Mr. Trump since even before he took office, though he has long vigorously denied any illicit connection to Moscow. The obstruction inquiry, revealed by The Washington Post a few weeks after Mr. Mueller was appointed, represented a direct threat that he was unable to simply brush off as an overzealous examination of a handful of advisers. But few details have been made public about the counterintelligence aspect of the investigation.
The decision to investigate Mr. Trump himself was an aggressive move by F.B.I. officials who were confronting the chaotic aftermath of the firing of Mr. Comey and enduring the president’s verbal assaults on the Russia investigation as a “witch hunt.”
Honestly, this stinks to high heaven and let me explain.
Keep in mind that this investigation started back in July, 2016. It is now January 14, 2019 and the stupid investigation is still going after 2 1/2 years. Throughout this investigation, I have been skeptical of the notion that this whole thing is a “witch hunt”. From looks of it, there was a decent case to start with George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. However, the notion that Trump himself is a Russian agent has no weight to it whatsoever, and they have no evidence of it. If they end up with nothing, then I think it would be fair to say that this is a witch hunt, there’s no way around it.
Like you, I am fed up with this whole thing. This investigation has gone on for almost 3 years and nothing has been found. If Mueller ends up with nothing then this would be one of the most disgusting abuses of investigative powers I have ever seen. I honestly hope that, if this thing turns up nothing, that Trump pursues defamation lawsuits against them, because the FBI and Democrats cannot be allowed to get away with this.