Rep. King: Russia Probe Is a 'Very Shameful Chapter' In History of the FBI
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said that the Russia investigation into President Trump is a "very shameful chapter" in the history of the FBI.
His comments come as the House Intelligence Committee declared in a report released Friday that it “found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.”
Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) also said on "Sunday Morning Futures" last week that "there was no intelligence" found to initiate the Russia probe.
The committee did, however, “find poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaign.”
"It was based on basically gossip, it did not come through normal channels. It did not warrant an investigation like this," King said.
"Jim Comey was giving the country the impression that the president was being investigated even though he knew the president was not being investigated, but refused to make that public," he added.
He also said that there needs to be accountability when it comes to the top-ranking officials of the FBI.
King said the controversies surrounding Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe are "far more significant" than anything brought up regarding the president.
"The evidence is none, and yet there is much more circumstantial evidence, at least, against the highest levels of the FBI," he said.
King also slammed former CIA Director John Brennan for defending James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, over his lies about leaking the dossier on President Trump.
Brennan called Clapper "a man of integrity, honesty, ethics and morality" and noted his military service in the Vietnam War.
Mr. Trump: Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. Jim Clapper is a man of integrity, honesty, ethics, & morality. You are not. Jim Clapper served his country for over a half century, including in Vietnam. You did not. By your words & behavior, you diminish the Office of the Presidency. https://t.co/bYlmZInDoM
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) April 28, 2018
"They have the nerve to be criticizing President Trump when they allowed the worst leaks probably in the history of intelligence," King said of both men.
In another tweet, Brennan called the House Intelligence Committee's findings "deeply flawed" and that they mean nothing.
A highly partisan, incomplete, and deeply flawed report by a broken House Committee means nothing. The Special Counsel’s work is being carried out by professional investigators—not political staffers. SC’s findings will be comprehensive & authoritative. Stay tuned, Mr. Trump.... https://t.co/Jx3jh8fomu
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) April 27, 2018
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