According to Department of Justice documents obtained by investigative journalists, President Trump is currently at the center of an “active, ongoing” espionage investigation although he seems clueless about it.
Trump Doesn’t Know He’s Being Investigated
In the termination letter he sent to former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, the president thanked Comey for reassuring him thrice that he was not being investigated. It is unclear if Trump lied in the letter or was simply misinformed, but in either case, he was wrong.
Justin Amash of the Freedom Caucus described the letter’s second paragraph as “bizarre” because the White House currently knows congressional Republicans are assembling an independent commission to look into the Russia story.
Is Trump’s line a hint that Comey’s firing had nothing to do with the Russia-Trump investigation? Investigative journalists Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro don’t have the answer, but they do know Trump is wrong on that one.
Trump under ‘Active, Ongoing Investigation’
The two journalists found out from the DOJ that the president is under an ‘active’ FBI investigation over his campaign call on Russian hackers to steal more emails from his then-rival Hillary Clinton. ‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,’ the then-presidential candidate Trump said on July 27, 2016.
Shapiro and Leopold sent the FBI an FOIA request last summer asking for all investigative records on Trump’s July 27 remarks. Early last month, a DOJ attorney representing the law enforcement agency confirmed in court that the FBI is running an “active, ongoing investigation” into the issue. However, the bureau refused to disclose the records the two journalists had requested because it would interfere with “active law enforcement proceedings.” The wording used by the DOJ in court suggests the FBI is currently looking into Trump’s situation.
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