Ted Cruz: Americans outside D.C. don't care about Russian Federation investigation

Ted Cruz: Americans outside D.C. don't care about Russian Federation investigation

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that whether Trump ever worked on behalf of Moscow is "the defining question" of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's investigation.

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 Russian Federation investigation, that was both a possible crime and a national security concern.

Karl responded by poking holes in the NYT report, explaining that - based on the available information - the fact that such an investigation was opened said more about the political bias of the leadership within the FBI than it did about anything Trump had actually done.

The Times reported that, although Comey's dismissal prompted the inquiry, the FBI had considered launching an investigation into whether Trump was working on behalf of Russian Federation even before he fired its former director "but held off on opening an investigation into him.in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude". "The reason President Trump fired Comey was Comey refused to say that to the public, that the president was not under investigation".

"I think it's a disgrace you even asked that question", Trump told a reporter who queried him about his ties to Russian Federation outside the White House as he prepared to leave for New Orleans to speak at a farm convention. "This case had been a topic of discussion for some time".

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Trump's first two years in office have been consumed by the now 20-month investigation whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help him win and whether, as president, Trump obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the investigation after Trump ousted Comey.

The Times report also included references to Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, FBI officials who were having an affair and exchanged text messages critical of Trump during the 2016 campaign. The "waiting on' was an indecision and a cautiousness on the part of the bureau with respect to what to do and whether there was sufficient predication to open".

Deep down, of course, they know all this, but they don't care.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that after Trump fired Comey, the FBI launched an investigation, and King said Monday that it was "almost like a coup within the government" to do that. (Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did attend that meeting.) You'll recall that Trump was also later revealed to have had a long private conversation with Putin at the official G20 banquet. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you see that they found absolutely nothing".

"The last thing President Trump would want was his conversations with any world leader ending up on The New York Times", said King.

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