The New York Times reported last week that after FBI Director James Comey was fired, high-level officials at the bureau opened an investigation into the preposterous possibility that President Donald Trump was working on behalf of Vladimir Putin — a move that hard to be seen as retaliation.
More importantly, who leaked this information to The Times?
Former special prosecutor Ken Starr appeared Monday night on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to say there should be an investigation to discover who at the FBI leaked the information to the newspaper.
More from The Times article:
In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.
The inquiry carried explosive implications. 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.
Starr said special counsel Robert Mueller needs to bring to a close his investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
But he was adamant that Mueller should be allowed to finish his work, saying that he “has been finding out stuff that needs to be found out,” citing the 13 Russians who were indicted for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election as an example.
“But this goes to the fundamental point, that it does not have one word in the 35 pages and one indictment that suggests collusion,” Starr said.
Starr, the independent counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, said Muller is tasked with either indicting or not, not making “scurrilous charges.”
“I hope that the report will, in fact, be a report that is consistent with Department of Justice practice, which is you don’t bring scurrilous charges, you don’t make charges against people in reports,” he told host Tucker Carlson. “You either charge them, that is to say that you file an indictment, or you don’t. And I think that is Bob Mueller’s ultimate responsibility.”
Carlson commented on the possibility that some people at the Justice Department might be “just leaking against people they don’t like,” after Starr called on getting the DOJ out of the process of independent counsels.
This prompted Starr to react to The Times article by calling on the leak to be found, even suggesting that the person is known.
(The FBI leaked like a sieve under Comey.)
“When I read The N.Y. Times article, my first reaction was we need an investigation right now as to who leak to this,” Starr said.
“We think we know,” he continued. “What was their motivation? And why the timing? This was many months ago and there’s been no suggestion whatsoever to support this outrageous charge against the president.”
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