WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to slam the FBI for using unsubstantiated claims to slander his presidential campaign.
Referencing a Washington Times report (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/25/fbi-says-russia-dossiers-collusion-charges-unsubst/) discussed on “Fox & Friends”, the president raged against the FBI, calling the evidence they utilized against him a “pile of garbage”.
At the center of the debate were allegations that then-candidate Trump had traveled to Moscow and engaged in a series of sexual liaisons with Russian prostitutes and had engaged in secret meetings with Russian officials that he failed to disclose to investigators. The report stated that although the agency did not publicly repudiate the salacious claims against Trump, investigators internally acknowledged that the claims contained within it were unsubstantiated
“WOW, @foxandfrlends ‘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 this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!” the president tweeted (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/945646491955290113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2F2017%2F12%2F26%2Ftrump-accuses-fbi-using-pile-garbage-dossier-to-go-after-campaign.html).
Last week, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stood by the dossier’s claims but, when pressed to identify what, if any, claims he had been able to verify, cited only the fact that ex-Trump adviser Carter Page had once traveled to Moscow. Beyond that, investigators said, McCabe could not even say that the bureau had verified the dossier’s allegations about the specific meetings that Trump or any of his aides had attended in Moscow.
The president has been vocal in his claims in recent days that his own FBI is biased against him as special counsel Robert Mueller continues a probe into possible collusion between Russia and members of the Trump campaign to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?” Trump wrote in one of many anti-FBI tweets on Saturday.
A former Trump campaign manager Michael Caputo said Tuesday that the president’s tweets served as an “insurance policy” to ensure that the truth finds its way to the American people.
“The president’s tweets are an insurance policy for the American people to make sure that its leading law enforcement organization remains unbiased,” Caputo said Tuesday on CNN.
“I know that’s disappointing for some people, but the president is highlighting this bias to the American people for good reason,” he said. “If there’s going to be an investigation it must be unbiased.”