President Trump is fuming mad about the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation. This isn’t really news, of course; he’s expressed his displeasure several times in the past. But this time, his frustration stems from his belief that the Russia investigation may prove the FBI “spied on” his presidential campaign.
• The POTUS was immensely frustrated by James Clapper’s recent appearance on The View, a daytime talk show. During his visit, Clapper remarked that the FBI was spying on Russia, not Trump – suggesting such accusations are ridiculous.
• Trump sees Clapper’s visit to The View as equivalent to a confession. “If you look at Clapper, he sort of admitted that they had spies in the campaign inadvertently. I hope it’s not true, but it looks like it is.”
• On Monday, Trump requested that the FBI hand over all documents relating to the beginning of the Russian collusion investigation. It seems to have been refused – at least for now – but it isn’t clear what might happen in the coming days.
• The President stressed that his request wasn’t an attempt to find something specific, such as evidence of a crime against him. Instead, he wants “total transparency” about the origins of the investigation to determine whether or not the FBI broke the law by spying his campaign.
• Trump believes the investigation is a “witch hunt” created by his enemies in an attempt to discredit him. “SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history,” he explained. He also called the FBI the “Criminal Deep State” and suggested that they “…go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal.”
• The POTUS does not blame the entire organization for the investigation. In fact, he lays the blame specifically at the feet of James Comey, who he fired last year for multiple reasons. “Comey was a terrible and corrupt leader who inflicted great pain on the FBI!”