Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Trump accuses FBI of using 'pile of garbage' dossier to attack him

President Trump called the "dossier" which was compiled during the 2016 campaign and had a number of strong negative allegations against him a "pile of garbage" and he even went so far as to accuse the FBI of relying on it to go after his campaign. As President, he has access to information that regular citizens don't have, but it isn't clear if he's 'shooting from the hip' or actually knows something we don't know.

Trump went on Twitter, as usual, in response to a Washington Post article that was later discussed on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," one of President Trump's favorite TV shows along with "Hannity," "Justice With Judge Jeanine," "The Ingraham Angle," "Watters' World," and "The Five."

The President tweeted:
"WOW, @foxandfriends 'Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.' And they used Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!"
The Washington Times reported that the FBI has acknowledged its central charges are unsubstantiated [and plan to only pursue it for another three, possibly seven more years, depending upon circumstances]. The FBI has not denied the dossier being part of their investigation.

At this point in the investigation, Congressional Republicans have been probing into how much federal investigators have relied on the dossier, specifically when they used it to justify a surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a former Trump adviser.

Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the dossier after being hired by Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm, where the wife of a top FBI official involved with the case, Bruce Ohr, worked at the time the dossier was being compiled. Fusion GPS was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

In a closed-door session last week with the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stood by the dossier's credibility but when asked what in the document the bureau had corroborated, he could only cite the fact that Page had traveled to Moscow. The investigators said that McCabe couldn't even claim the FBI had verified the dossier's allegations about the specific meetings Page supposedly had in Moscow.

I traveled to Moscow on my way to India to visit my wife's family. I'm as guilty as Page of doing nothing wrong. I didn't even give a reset button to a Russian, nor tell a Russian leader that I'd have more 'flexibility' down the road.

I just wish Trump would learn better punctuation and form when tweeting.


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