WASHINGTON — As the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia continues, president Trump had some unkind words over the weekend for the FBI. It comes amid news that a senior FBI official was removed last summer from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation after it was discovered he sent anti-Trump, pro-Hillary emails.
President Trump targeted the FBI in a pair of tweets Sunday, writing, in part, that the Bureau’s “reputation is in Tatters – worst in History!”
The president of the FBI Agent’s Association responded: Agents act with “unwavering integrity and professionalism”
This latest row was sparked, at least partially, by a presidential tweet on Saturday, a message sources now tell CBS News was actually crafted by Mr. Trump’s lawyer. It suggested the president knew General Mike Flynn lied to the FBI before firing him.
Some suggest if he did know that and then asked then FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, that might be obstruction of justice.
“This is the President of the United States with me alone saying I hope this, I took it as, this is what he wants me to do”
That was Comey back in June, recalling the interaction…a dialogue the president disputes. He tweeted Sunday: “I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”
“I would just say this with the president. There is an ongoing criminal investigation. Comey may be part of it. You tweet and comment regarding ongoing criminal investigations at your own peril,” cautioned Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R – SC).
Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI. He is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election.
Sources tell CBS News the lawyer who crafted the president’s tweet Saturday did NOT intend imply the president knew, back in February, that Flynn lied to the FBI.
(Brook Silva-Braga, CBS News)