Trump accuses Federal Bureau of Investigation of 'spending too much time' on Russian Federation probe

Frederick Owens
February 21, 2018

Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) now agree that former President Barack Obama bears significant blame for Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, Trump noted in tweets early Sunday.

President Donald Trump's Twitter cannon roared over the weekend as the latest turn in the Russian Federation investigation seemingly placed him on the defensive.

He noted Trump's past tweets calling the probe into Russian election interference "a hoax" and the president saying he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin when Putin said Russia didn't meddle in the election.

Later, he wrote that Russians "are laughing their asses off in Moscow" because they had "succeeded beyond their wildest dreams" in sowing discord in the U.S.

A Washington Post column headlined, "We've Just Hit A New Presidential Low", said: "Imagine how history would have judged Franklin D. Roosevelt in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, if he had taken to the radio airwaves to declare that Tokyo was 'laughing their asses off.' Or if George W. Bush had stood in the rubble of the World Trade Center with a bullhorn and launched a name-calling tirade against the Democrats..."

President Donald Trump gestures as he walks as he leaves the White House, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington, for a trip to his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The president has instead spent much of his time watching television and tweeting, aides said. He made those complaints to members who stopped by his table Saturday as he dined with his two adult sons and TV personality Geraldo Rivera. "Thank you Adam!" Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

The tweet that bothered several people around him the most was his direct attack on the FBI Saturday evening.

The congressman suggested that the lack of a forceful response led other nations, including Russian Federation, to believe they could interfere with impunity.

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Trump tweeted about the school shooting that left 17 people dead, and linked it to his own plight: "Very sad that the Federal Bureau of Investigation missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter". - President Donald Trump, in a series of angry and defiant tweets Sunday morning, sought to shift the blame to Democrats for Russia's virtual war to meddle in the 2016 election, saying that President Barack Obama had not done enough to stop the interference and denying that he had ever suggested that Moscow might not have been involved. "This is not acceptable", Trump wrote.

Kislyak, who has been caught up in the investigation because of meetings with Trump campaign officials during his time as ambassador, went on to cite a study, which he said he was keeping in his briefcase, that proved the "main source of computer attacks in the world is not Russian Federation".

In the tweet, Trump alluded to a controversial dossier partly funded by the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton alleging that Trump had been ensnared by Russian intelligence, and a controversial uranium deal that was sealed during Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. But Mr Trump also said he believed Mr Putin is honest when he says Russian Federation did not interfere.

H R McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, said at the Munich Security Conference that the federal indictments showed the United States was becoming "more and more adept at tracing the origins of this espionage and subversion" and "the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain". What this indictment sets out is information about only one element of the Russian Federation active measures campaign that involving their use of social media to influence attitudes, to motivate people to protest, to essentially infiltrate our political system through the cybersphere.

Trump often refers to Clinton, who lost the electoral college to Trump while winning 3 million more popular votes, "Crooked H". Trump also alleged, without evidence that the Democrats had colluded with Russian Federation during the election. He made no mention of Russian Federation as a "revisionist power", the description used in his own National Security Strategy, or of the elaborate $1.2 million-a-month effort that the indictment indicated Russia's Internet Research Agency spent in an effort to discredit the election system and ultimately to support his candidacy. "Uranium" seemed to refer to unsubstantiated accusations against Obama and Clinton unethically, or illegally, selling uranium to Russian Federation - a flash point of the right.

"That sanctions bill has not yet been used as a tool against the Russians", said Christopher Painter, a former coordinator for cyberissues at the State Department, who also attended the conference.

The administration said it was the settlement of a decades-old arbitration claim between the countries.

McMaster said in remarks the previous evening that the indictment provides "really incontrovertible" evidence of Russian malfeasance in the election.

"Finally, Liddle' Adam Schiff, the leakin' monster of no control, is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election". Obama was President, knew of the threat, and did nothing.

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