Twitter Leftists Outraged After NYT Reveals FBI Probe into Trump-Russia Leads Nowhere
Russiagate disciples are squealing with joy after the New York Times wrote about the FBI apparently probing if Trump was secretly working for the Russians. In fact, the article states there is no evidence to support the theory.
In what appears to be a last-ditch Russiagate Hail Mary, the New York Times breathlessly reported on Friday – of course, citing people 'familiar with the investigation' – that the FBI began looking into whether the president was a covert Kremlin agent, after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. According to the Times, "agents and senior FBI officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump's ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign," but were reluctant to launch a formal probe into the matter. This all changed, the Times tells us, after Comey got the boot.
The investigation was quickly handed over to special counsel Robert Mueller, who continues to lead a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and collusion with Trump's presidential campaign.
According to the Times, counterintelligence investigators "had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security." Agents were also tasked with determining whether Trump "knowingly work[ed] for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence."
The decision to secretly investigate the president for possibly threatening national security triggered a "vigorous debate"within the Justice Department. The FBI, however, apparently felt vindicated after Trump remarked that Comey's firing had helped relieve Russia-related political pressure.