Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is asking the FBI if it warned Donald Trump about possible Russian connections to some of the campaign’s top officials, including Paul Manafort.
Manafort, who served as Trump's campaign chairman for several months, is reportedly the focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia's attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election.
In a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray, Grassley asked if the FBI ever alerted Trump to the FBI’s counter-intelligence concerns regarding Manafort and others, so that he could take "defensive action."
He cited reports that the agency did just that for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) during his 2008 presidential run.
"If the FBI did provide a defensive briefing or similar warning to the [Trump] campaign, then that would raise important questions about how the Trump campaign responded," Grassley wrote. "On the other hand, if the FBI did not alert the campaign, then that would raise serious questions about what factors contributed to its decision and why it appears to have been handled differently in a very similar circumstance involving a previous campaign."
Grassley asked the FBI to provide the information to the Senate Judiciary Committee by October 4th.
On "Outnumbered" today, John Bolton said it's a "mistake" for the FBI to get involved in politics and make decisions about briefing campaigns about suspicions of foreign involvement.
He said the point Grassley is trying to make is that the FBI may be treating certain campaigns differently.
"My protocol would be, the FBI just doesn't tell people about this unless there's classified information at stake," Bolton said.
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