Shortly after The New York Times published another allegedly “bombshell” report about President Donald Trump late Friday evening, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed the new report — one of many dubious “bombshells” published in the past few years — as pure nonsense.
“This is absurd,” she bluntly said in a statement, pushing back against allegations by the Times’ anonymous sources that the president’s termination of disgraced former FBI Director James Comey in 2017 led to concerns that he, Trump, was working on behalf of the Russian government.
“James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack and his deputy Andrew McCabe who was in charge of the time is a known liar fired by the FBI. Unlike President Obama who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 12, 2019
The Times’ report specifically alleges that after Trump terminated Comey in May of 2017, the disgraced former director’s peers in the FBI “became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.”
“The inquiry carried explosive implications,” the Times wrote. “Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security.”
“Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.”
The left-wing outlet further claims that intelligence officials had already been “suspicious” of the president’s alleged and still-unproven “ties to Russia,” and that Comey’s termination provided the impetus for them to open up a formal investigation — one that may still be continuing to this day.
“The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, took over the inquiry into Mr. Trump when he was appointed, days after F.B.I. officials opened it,” the Times reported, cautioning though that it’s “unclear whether Mr. Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence matter.”
As of January 2018, exactly 20 months since outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assigned Mueller to his current post, no evidence has surfaced to prove Trump colluded with Russian operatives to either affect the outcome of the 2016 election or hurt American interests.
‘My ultimatum is put up or shut up?.’ Seriously, at what point does this insurance policy come to an end?. This is the biggest disgrace to the USA in my lifetime?. If you ever wanted a definition of the deep state, I give you this?. Fu..in deep state? https://t.co/oCnHiKx45I
— Bob Dunlap (@robertdunlap947) January 1, 2019
“No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials,” the Times readily admitted.
If anything, evidence has emerged to suggest that Mueller’s investigation is grossly compromised.
Last month the Office of the Inspector General announced that someone within Mueller’s office had reset the government-issued phones of disgraced former FBI special agent Peter Strzok and disgraced former FBI attorney Lisa Page after they were booted from the special counsel’s team.
This matters because both prior to them joining the special counsel’s team, the duo exchanged text messages that referenced an “insurance policy” against Trump’s election. Mueller reportedly booted the duo after learning of their text messages.
The exact meaning of this “insurance policy” remains unclear because thousands of the romantically involved duo’s text messages disappeared once word of their anti-Trump animus went public.
The only messages between Strzok and Page that disappeared were those from Dec. 13, 2016, to May 17, 2017, the day Mueller was appointed special counsel. Because the messages reappeared the day he was appointed special consider, some believe his very assignment was Strzok and Page’s “insurance policy.”
So the question is, who’s going to investigate Mueller for his crimes?? And start arresting the real criminals within the deep state for treason. https://t.co/JbOwpM9Op1
— DILLIGAF (@tammyn2DILLIGAF) December 28, 2018
Regarding the statement put out by Sanders, in which she as a reminder said “[t]his is absurd,” it’s unclear whether she was referring to the Times’ reporting or the FBI’s investigation.
What’s clear is that the Times’ report was not a “bombshell,” as some of its left-leaning peers in the media described it. That so-called “Deep State” members of the intelligence community, including the FBI, have been targeting the president is a fact that’s been known for years.
Reports suggest that the FBI has in fact been targeting Trump in one manner or another since the 2016 election, during which the agency reportedly wiretapped some of his campaign officials.
Responding to the Times’ report later Friday evening, Fox News host Tucker Carlson sarcastically said that “this is why you should never criticize the FBI.”
“You think it’s your birthright as an American. You can do it. I wouldn’t try it though. They might open an investigation into you without your knowledge into something appalling,” He said.
“Maybe it’s beating your wife, maybe it’s dealing fentanyl to kids, maybe it’s betraying your country in some alliance with Vladimir Putin. You don’t need to have done it. But once they investigate you, they can always leak two years later that they were investigating you for this crime that you didn’t commit or at least they found no evidence you committed.”
“At least they never charged you for it, which is how our system is supposed to work. But it doesn’t matter because you’re instantly discredited. Don’t criticize the FBI. Very unwise.”
His sarcastic point/suggestion was that the real reason the FBI opened an investigation into Trump wasn’t because of any actual proof that the president colluded with Russians in one manner or another — but rather because of its glaring animus for the president.
“[S]ome former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped in opening it,” the Times admits.
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