Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Pompeo: The Idea Trump’s a Threat to National Security Is ‘Absolutely Ludicrous’

Pompeo: The Idea Trump’s a Threat to National Security Is ‘Absolutely Ludicrous’

The New York Times, based on unnamed sources, said that such an investigation against Trump that was started by the FBI carried explosive implications, as the law enforcement agents sought to determine if the president was knowingly working for the Russians or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence. Trump's official reason for firing Comey had to do with his handling of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's emails, but the President has made multiple references to the bureau's Russian Federation investigation surrounding his decision. "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made".

The paper says the FBI investigation was rolled into the work of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an inquiry into whether Mr Trump's campaign and transition teams colluded with Moscow to influence the 2016 USA election.

"I'm not going to comment on New York Times stories but I'll certainly say this: The notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous", Pompeo said on CBS' "Face the Nation" in an interview to be aired Sunday.

In a fresh series of tweets on Saturday, US President Donald Trump lashed out at former presidential rival Hillary Clinton, special counsel Robert Mueller, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, and at The New York Times following a report published Friday alleging that after the president fired Comey in May 2017, law enforcement officials became so alarmed by his behavior that they began probing whether he had been working for Russian Federation against US interests.

The ex-national security advisor, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties.

The report casts pressure on the White House, which is already feeling the heat from months of investigations. It's unclear if Mueller is still investigating the counterintelligence inquiry into Trump.

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"Funny thing about James Comey".

Mr Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times that he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they had not heard anything, apparently "they found nothing". The FBI also considered whether the Republican president's firing of Comey amounted to obstruction of justice.

On Twitter, Comey quoted President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

"He's [Strzok's] making an analogy here so my suggestion is, let's not, you know, throw the baby out with the bath water, let's sort of be a little bit more cautious with respect to our investigative steps because if he's not President, this plays a less of a threat to our national security". This all changed, the Times tells us, after Comey got the boot.

In a statement Friday night, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the Times story "absurd".

Trump also tweeted Saturday that "getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing" while arguing that he's been "FAR tougher on Russian Federation than Obama, Bush or Clinton".

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