Chuck Todd Asks Tim Kaine if FBI ‘Overreacted’ By Investigating Trump As Russian Agent
The political world is still shaking over the New York Times‘ bombshell report that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Donald Trump was acting as a Russian agent following the firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Meet the Press host Chuck Todd wonders if the bureau was overreacting by probing Trump’s behavior.
On Sunday morning, Todd interviewed Senator and former vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine (D-VA), and asked him about the Times report.
Kaine cited some of the many reasons that the FBI had to suspect Trump, including Trump’s actions during the 2016 campaign, as well as “nearly 100 documented instances of ties between the Trump campaign, transition and administration with Russia, bizarre failure to be honest about meetings, and now this indication that President Trump has gone to unusual lengths to hide the content of discussions with Vladimir Putin.”
“Are you at all concerned though, that the FBI look like it overreacted in trying to investigate a sitting president this way?” Todd asked. “I mean, this is a pretty alarming investigation, that the sitting president was acting against the interests of the United States of America.”
“Well, I flip the question around, Chuck,” Kaine replied. “I think it’s less, ‘Did the FBI overreact?’, I think the question is this. They had to have a very deep level of concern about this president to take this step.”
Kaine added that this is “why we need to protect the Mueller investigation. And I think that’s going to be a critical issue in the Judiciary Committee hearings about the attorney general nominee. Will you guarantee to protect this investigation? And will you make sure that the American public and Congress get the results of it?”
Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have pushed back against the Times report by attacking the FBI, but when Trump was asked point-blank if he was a Russian agent during an interview this weekend, he did not deny the allegation.
Watch the clip above, via NBC News.
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