FBI Director James Comey recently came under fire when, on Friday, he announced that more emails related to the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton had been unearthed and were being investigated. Comey was criticized for breaking with department tradition and revealing information about an in-progress investigation, but now, he is also facing claims that he was politically motivated to release the Clinton email information so close to the election.
Comey has been criticized for releasing the information on Clinton’s emails but not any information about the FBI investigating Donald Trump for ties to the Russian government.
“In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government…The public has a right to know this information,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wrote in a letter to Comey on Sunday.
What’s more, a former senior intelligence officer told Mother Jones about memos and information that he gave to the FBI that showed the Russian government was actively trying to assist Trump.
“It started off as a fairly general inquiry,” he explained before noting that once he saw the ties between Trump and the Russian government, he realized that “there was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit.”
“Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance,” he wrote in a memo. He went on to claim that Trump “and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals.”
He went on to say that not only had Russia “compromised” Trump and could “blackmail him” but they were actively compiling information on Clinton, with Russian intelligence keeping a dossier of “bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls.”
This is something of huge significance, way above party politics,” the former intelligence officer said. “I think [Trump’s] own party should be aware of this stuff as well.”