Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed suggestions that President Donald Trump is a threat to national security.
The former CIA Director called out the “absolutely ludicrous” idea that the president posed a national security threat which prompted an FBI investigation, chastising a CBS anchor for questioning him about a report by The New York Times last week.
The Times report revealed that just days after Trump fired then-FBI chief James Comey, the agency opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether the president was a Russian agent. Sen. Lindsey Graham on “Fox News Sunday” shared that he was “astonished” that the FBI would ever begin such an investigation of a sitting president.
On CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Pompeo told anchor Margaret Brennan that her questions about the Times piece and the premise that Trump was a threat were not even worthy of a response from him.
“I’m not going to comment on New York Times stories. But I’ll certainly say this: The notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous,” Pompeo said.
“Just to clarify, since you were CIA director, did you have any idea that this investigation was happening?” Brennan asked.
“Margaret, Margaret, Margaret. I have answered this question repeatedly, indeed on your show. The idea that’s contained in the New York Times story that President Trump was a threat to national security is silly on its face and not worthy of a response,” Pompeo replied.
According to the Times report:
Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.
“Number one, that story came from somebody who leaked it with an agenda,” Sen. Graham told Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday. “So I’d like to know who leaked it, because they have an agenda not very friendly to president Trump, and I, for one, don’t trust what I read in The New York Times.”
The president slammed “the corrupt former leaders of the FBI” and “total sleaze” Comey in a tweet over the weekend.
Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019
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