Pompeo: The Idea Trump’s a Threat to National Security Is ‘Absolutely Ludicrous’

Pompeo: The Idea Trump’s a Threat to National Security Is ‘Absolutely Ludicrous’

President Trump, amid the longest shutdown in US history, has channeled his wrath at the FBI, following a New York Times report that the agency launched an investigation into whether he had been working on Russia's behalf when he fired James Comey as director of the bureau in May 2017. In addition to the Comey dismissal in May 2017, the President had raised concern in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for comments he made to Russian officials in the Oval Office about firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director, according to the source familiar with the matter.

"We have learned from this reporting that, even in the earliest days of the Trump administration, the president's behavior was so erratic and so concerning that the FBI felt compelled to do the unprecedented: open a counterintelligence investigation into a sitting president", Nadler said.

"The idea that's contained in the New York Times story that President Trump was a threat to American national security is - is silly on its face and not worthy of a response", Pompeo said in a transcript provided by the network.

The president alleged that "everybody wanted [Comey] fired, Republican and Democrat alike", after "the rigged & botched Crooked Hillary investigation".

"I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it", Trump said in an NBC interview two days after he fired Comey.

The case was then referred to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into whether Russian agents interfered with the 2016 election, the Times reported, adding that it is not clear whether the special counsel has continued that part of the investigation.

"It was apparently done under the supervision of the deputy attorney general who was reportedly ready to wear a wire to ensnare President Trump".

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In a strongly worded reaction, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "This is absurd".

The ex-national security advisor, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties. "My firing of James Comey was a great day for America".

Spicer, a former White House press secretary, noted that the New York Times report referenced an interview between Trump and NBC News, in which the president said Comey's firing may extend the Russian Federation probe but that it'd be the right thing to do for the American people.

"He's [Strzok's] making an analogy here so my suggestion is, let's not, you know, throw the baby out with the bath water, let's sort of be a little bit more cautious with respect to our investigative steps because if he's not President, this plays a less of a threat to our national security".

Mr Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told the Times that he had no knowledge of the inquiry.

Mueller is believed to be investigating whether Comey's firing and other actions amount to obstruction of justice by the president.

She also disputed that Mr Trump had ever been soft on Russian Federation.

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