As the sheer depths of corruption contained within the ranks of the FBI continues to be revealed, President Donald Trump stated in a recent interview that he believes that transparency is necessary to reveal to the American people that the Russia collusion case is based on a hoax. By ordering the release of classified documents, President Trump plans to expose this significant corruption for all to see in what could become one of the “crowning achievements” of his presidency.
In a 45-minute interview with Hill.TV, President Trump answered a series of wide-ranging questions from the Oval Office, stating – “What we’ve done is a great service to the country, really. I hope to be able to call this, along with tax cuts and regulation and all the things I’ve done … in it is own way this might be the most important thing because this was corrupt.”
He also expressed his regret that he did not fire former FBI Director James Comey immediately upon ascending the presidency in January 2017, instead of waiting until May 2017.
This is a confirmation of the account given earlier the same day by Trump attorney, Rudy Giuliani, stating President Trump was highly dismayed in 2016 in regards to the way Comey chose to handle the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email investigation. As a result of that, discussions on firing Comey began well prior to President Trump moving into the Oval Office.
President Trump states – “If I did one mistake with Comey, I should have fired him before I got here. I should have fired him the day I won the primaries. I should have fired him right after the convention, say I don’t want that guy. Or at least fired him the first day on the job. … I would have been better off firing him or putting out a statement that I don’t want him there when I get there.”
The Hill reports of the exclusive interview with Hill.TV – “Trump has offered different reasons in the past for his firing of the FBI chief, blaming Comey’s handling of the Clinton case but also linking it to Comey’s actions in the Russia investigation.
The president also called into question the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation, again criticizing it for surveilling his campaign.
He criticizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court’s approval of the warrant that authorized surveillance of Carter Page, a low-level Trump campaign aide, toward the end of the 2016 presidential race, suggesting the FBI misled the court.
“They know this is one of the great scandals in the history of our country because basically what they did is, they used Carter Page, who nobody even knew, who I feel very badly for, I think he’s been treated very badly. They used Carter Page as a foil in order to surveil a candidate for the presidency of the United States.”
As for the judges on the secret intelligence court: “It looks to me, just based on your reporting, that they have been misled,” the president said, citing a series of columns in The Hill identifying shortcomings in the FBI investigation. “I mean I don’t think we have to go much further than to say that they’ve been misled.”
“One of the things I’m disappointed in is that the judges in FISA didn’t, don’t seem to have done anything about it. I’m very disappointed in that Now, I may be wrong because, maybe as we sit here and talk, maybe they’re well into it. We just don’t know that because I purposely have not chosen to get involved,” Trump said.
The president spared no words in criticizing Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, lawyer Lisa Page and other FBI officials who started the probe. He recited specific text messages Page and Strzok traded while having an affair and investigating his campaign, arguing the texts showed they condoned leaks and conducted a bogus probe.
Those texts are to be released as a result of Trump’s announcement on Monday.”
President Trump cited a text from a conversation between Strzok and Page in which the two discuss obtaining McCabe’s approval to expand the Russian collusion investigation right after Comey was fired, stating – “It’s a hoax, beyond a witch hunt. Comey was a bad guy. He gets fired. They only have Andy left because they know they’re doing wrong,” as he described the depths of corruption that are readily apparent to anyone looking.
The FBI repeatedly leaked information to mainstream media outlets in an effort to create a false narrative against him in an effort to destroy his presidency if he won as a sort of “insurance policy,” stating – “Number one, how illegal is it? And number two, how low is it?”
He added – “What we have now is an insurance policy. But it has been totally discredited, even Democrats agree that it has been discredited. They are not going to admit to it, but it has been totally discredited. I think, frankly, more so by text than by documents.”
When asked what he hoped to accomplish by declassifying these documents, President Trump responded with – “All I want to do is be transparent. I hope to be able put this up as one of my crowning achievements that I was able to … expose something that is truly a cancer in our country.”