Friday, 22 June, 2018

Trump addresses FBI National Academy

Sammy Stanley | 19 December, 2017, 00:05

Asked if he has any reason to believe Trump will oust Mueller - who does not answer directly to the president - Markey said, "I think that what we're seeing right now is an orchestrated attempt by the Republican party to discredit the investigation". However, with Trump breaking with the longstanding precedent and not attending Wray's swearing-in ceremony in September, it's hard to say how much support the new director can expect from the President.

Earlier this week, the Justice Department disclosed hundreds of text messages between two FBI officials on Mueller's team of investigators that revealed an anti-Trump bias, prompting some, particularly Republicans, to question the nonpartisan nature of the law enforcement agency and its investigation into Russian Federation.

The texts - sent by then-senior counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok to Lisa Page, another Federal Bureau of Investigation agent with whom he was having an affair - criticized President Trump and even mentioned an "insurance policy" in case he was elected.

It was huge news, but it immediately led many people to wonder: Will Trump pardon Michael Flynn? "We'll see what happens", Trump said, according to a pool report.

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Trump's remarks on his way to Quantico, Va., carried new potency given the president's audience Friday morning: the latest graduating class at the FBI's National Academy for law enforcement managers.

Public confidence isn't helped by the continuing Justice and FBI refusal to cooperate with Congress. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who supervises Mr. Mueller, toed the Mueller-FBI line on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. These Republicans would like us to believe that FBI investigators and the evidence they present can't be trusted simply because a few of the investigators at some point held (perfectly reasonable) political opinions. The texts show disdain for Trump. "Even if you're suspicious about people, it may well be that there was some bias there".

Reading about the GOP-led House Judiciary Committee's outrageous denunciations of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team in the Dec.14 news article "Rosenstein defends Mueller after Federal Bureau of Investigation officials' anti-Trump texts surface" filled me with disgust. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the investigation.

Markey on Monday said Republicans are trying to discredit Mueller to brush aside the Russian Federation investigation. "And the only way - the best way to do so - would be to fire Robert Mueller, and that is something that they are going to pay a huge political price for if they attempt to do it".

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