Trump accuses Federal Bureau of Investigation of ‘spending too much time’ on Russian Federation probe
President Donald Trump flashes a thumbs up as he walks as he leaves the White House, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington, for a trip to his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
In the wake of the indictment, President Trump has sent roughly a dozen tweets about the Russian Federation investigation, claiming his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation and blaming the Obama administration for not doing more. “Thank you Adam!”, Trump wrote shortly after 6 a.m.
Trump also took a swipe at his own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who said Saturday that the indictment proved that Russian meddling was beyond dispute.
The White House continues to vehemently deny collusion with Russia a day after multiple indictments of Russian nationals and entities were announced by the Justice Department in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.
With these indictments handed down, the president was more willing to say that Russian Federation had indeed interfered in the 2016 election cycle.
In a late-night tweet Saturday, Trump criticized McMaster for not saying at the security conference in Germany where he was speaking that the election results had not been changed as a result of the Russian interference. “Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!”
It outlined the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly worked to influence the US election’s outcome. He is finally right about something. “Everybody knows this, except the president of the United States”, he continued. “We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Trump and the election”, he added in a subsequent tweet.
President Donald Trump fired off on a range of topics this weekend, including the Obama administration’s dealings with Iran and his belief that hackers are responsible for election interference. “But wasn’t I a great candidate?”
“None of that is an excuse for this president to sit on his hands”, Schiff said.
Trump also argued Sunday that the ongoing investigations are just what the Russians want, saying: “Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams”.
Mr Trump insisted that he never denied Russia’s election meddling and declared that “they are laughing their asses off in Moscow”.
Sanders touched on Obama’s response, as well, on “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
“No, of course not, but this is a president who claims vindication anytime someone sneezes”, Rep. Adam Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union”.
Supporters of President Donald Trump gesture to the media during a campaign rally, February 18, 2017, in Melbourne, Florida.
Mueller has now documented many contacts between Trump aides and Russians, both witting and unwitting, not including the much-discussed contacts between Trump aides before and after Election Day in 2016.
“They engaged in operations primarily meant to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump”, the indictment states. Now there are concrete charges that Russians defrauded the USA government, with memos and other evidence to back up the allegations.
Trump has repeatedly called the Russia probe a “hoax”, and during the transition attacked intelligence agencies for their warnings about Russian intervention.
Pinedo’s attorney, Jeremy I. Lessem, said in a statement that “Mr. Pinedo had absolutely no knowledge of the identities and motivations of any of the purchasers of the information he provided”. “We should have called them out much earlier”.