Pompeo calls idea president is threat to America "ludicrous"

Erika Holt
January 13, 2019

Former law enforcement officials told the Times that the criminal aspect (whether Trump obstructed justice) and counterintelligence aspect (whether Trump was working covertly for Russia) of the investigation were combined into one inquiry because it would have been considered a national security threat if Trump had indeed ousted Comey to impede the Russian Federation investigation.

The secretary refuted the idea. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

The president, however, did feel the story was worthy of a response when he took to Twitter Saturday morning to express his outrage about it.

President Trump told reporters at the White House Friday he had "very easily" completed his written answers for Mr. Mueller's investigation.

The ex-FBI director told a congressional hearing that Mr Trump told him "I expect loyalty", and pressured him to end an inquiry into the president's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

She went on to say that Trump has "actually been tough on Russian Federation", unlike former president Barack Obama.

Republicans believe the "insurance policy" remark referred to the investigation itself or to the anti-Trump Democratic Party-dossier.

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Asked if he knew about the investigation, the former Central Intelligence Agency director did not offer a direct answer.

"I think this is particularly sobering, even for career counterintelligence professionals who always in the back of their minds think there is an outside possibility someone could rise to high office who might be playing for another team", Figliuzzi said during an appearance on MSNBC's AM Joy.

According to the paper, both lines of inquiry are now under Mueller's purview.

Special counsel Robert Mueller took over the counterintelligence investigation.

Mueller, meanwhile, has issued dozens of indictments and steadily chalked up convictions of some of the president's close associates - including his former national security advisor, his former personal lawyer, and his ex-campaign chief. While we do not know where this investigation led, or if Mueller continued to follow leads regarding this portion of the investigation, it's certain that if evidence of such crimes were found then Mueller has it all. Trump accused Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Bob Mueller and the Democrats of having "NO interest in going after the Real Collusion (and much more) by Crooked Hillary Clinton, her Campaign, and the Democratic National Committee". After a long investigation that included, he says, a wiretap and FBI informants inserted at his side, he was never charged with collusion.

Cohen and Flynn have both been convicted for various crimes as part of the Russian Federation probe and have both offered evidence potentially damaging to their former boss.

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