Did Trump Fire Comey to Interfere With or End the Russia Investigation?
Top Democratic Senator Says ‘Clear as Day’
PresidentÂ Donald Trump says he was thinking about the Russia investigation when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey.Â “I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story,” the President tells NBC News anchor Lester Holt he said at the time.
The President said that regardless of the recommendation he received from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, “I was going to fire Comey knowing there’s no good time to do it. And in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, ‘I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.'”
Pres. Trump on firing Comey: “I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.” https://t.co/hxqM1LI6BE
â€” NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 11, 2017
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin says it’s “clear as day” thatÂ Trump admitted he fired Director Comey because of the FBI’s investigation of him:
Here’s President Trump admitting he fired Director Comey because of the FBI’s investigation of him. Clear as day. https://t.co/IZEKqYgoAh
â€” Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) May 11, 2017
On Twitter, others are agreeing, saying Trump’s remarks prove he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation.
1. Trump admits he fired Comey to try to impede the Russia investigation. https://t.co/r15kDsEo2P
â€” Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 11, 2017
So Trump not only conceded his entire rationale for firing Comey was a lie, he conceded the gravest motive allegation from his opponents.
â€” Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 11, 2017
2. This is probably the closest anyone has ever come to saying, “I did it to obstruct justice”
â€” Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 11, 2017
Cool confession, bro. Tell it again. https://t.co/JfWeTyOeWc
â€” David Waldman (@KagroX) May 11, 2017
Extraordinary statement by POTUS. DEFCON2 https://t.co/lTwB8ueKGS
â€” Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) May 11, 2017
The President acknowledging he the fired director of the FBI bc of investigation he was leading into Trump campaign collusion with Russia https://t.co/3VvMHI31dY
â€” Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) May 11, 2017
Anyhow, no reason to think it was about Russia besides the president mentioning it in the announcement, on Twitter the day before, and on TV
â€” Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) May 11, 2017
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Ted Cruz ‘Just Pumped Nonsensical Disinformation Into American Air Waves’: Former FBI Special Agent
During his turn to question Inspector General Michael Horowitz today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn’t really ask many questions, and instead chose to use his time to rant about what he believes are the corrupt origins of the investigation into Russia’s alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.
In a tweet, MSNBC’s Clint Watts wrote that Cruz “just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.”
Senator Cruz just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) December 11, 2019
Watch Cruz’s rant in the video below:
Lindsey Graham Explodes in Anger Demanding to Know Why FBI ‘Didn’t Tell Trump’ His Campaign Was Under Investigation
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham exploded in anger as he questioned Inspector General Michael Horowitz, demanding to know why the FBI did not notify then-candidate Donald Trump and his campaign in 2016 that they were the subjects of a counterintelligence investigation to determine how Russia was attacking the U.S. and if any members of the Trump campaign were involved.
Chairman Graham appeared to ignore all the signs that Donald Trump and his campaign may have been conspiring with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election, including Trump’s infamous “Russia, if you’re listening” remarks.
The FBI “never made any effort to brief Donald Trump about suspected problems within his campaign,” Graham lamented, again, ignoring the FBI was working to determine if Trump or anyone else was colluding with Russia.
The FBI did warn the Trump campaign Russia was working to undermine the election. Trump appears to have taken that warning as an invitation to an opportunity to win the election rather than to protect the nation.
“Why did they not tell him that” people like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos might be working wirh Russia, Graham asked.
Graham later says, “I hope all of us would appreciate if you really believe there may be somebody in my campaign working with a foreign power, please tell me. Why didn’t they tell Trump?”
Again, the FBI likely had reason to suspect Trump was that somebody.
Despite all this, the RNC opted to immediately post a clip of Graham defending Trump on YouTube and Twitter (below).
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 11, 2019
Watch: Lindsey Graham Falsely Claims FBI Stopped Russia’s Attacks on Clinton Campaign During Election
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham opened up Wednesday morning’s hearing with Inspector General Michael Horowitz by falsely claiming the FBI was able to stop Russia’s attacks against the Hillary Clinton campaign, and suggested it did so early on, well before the November 2016 election.
That’s blatantly false.
Chairman Graham also appeared to imply that the FBI did so merely by contacting the Clinton campaign to warn them of Russia’s actions – and he made that claim to support his false theory that the Bureau should have told the Trump campaign it and its officials were subjects or even targets of a counterintelligence investigation to determine if they were conspiring with Russia to win the election.
“I want the American people to know there was an effort to affect Hillary Clinton’s campaign by foreign actors,” Graham says, not even mentioning Russia. “The FBI picked up that effort, they briefed her about it, and they were able to stop it.”
The FBI has not been able to stop Russian interference and attacks on the U.S. elections, which began according to the consensus of all 17 U.S. Intelligence agencies in 2013, and has to this day have not ended.
Lindsey Graham begins the Horowitz hearing by claiming the FBI was “able to stop” the Russian interference campaign against the Clinton campaign. That’s a lie. pic.twitter.com/fHIT9lQ6Hv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2019
Former chief DOJ spokesperson Matthew Miller offers this insight:
Lindsey Graham's position is that the FBI should have briefed the guy who publicly invited the Russians to interfere in the election about the fact his campaign was under investigation for working with the Russians to interfere in the election.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) December 11, 2019
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