CNN Obtains Transcripts of FBI Debate Over Whether Trump Was ‘Following Directions’ of Russia
CNN obtained transcripts revealing the internal debate between FBI officials over whether President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey for legitimate reasons — or if he was acting at the behest of Russia.
The New York Times reported the bombshell last week that the FBI opened an investigation after Trump fired Comey to determine whether the president was “working on behalf of Russia against American interests.”
In the transcripts obtained by CNN, of closed-door congressional interviews, then-FBI general counsel James Baker said FBI agents were discussing whether with regards to Russia, Trump was “acting at the behest of and somehow following directions, somehow executing their will.”
“That was one extreme. The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too,” Baker said. “There’s a range of things this could possibly be. We need to investigate, because we don’t know whether, you know, the worst-case scenario is possibly true or the President is totally innocent and we need to get this thing over with — and so he can move forward with his agenda.”
Following Comey’s firing, the FBI opened a probe into Trump for possible obstruction of justice, as CNN has previously reported. Part of the impetus for the investigation, the New York Times first reported Friday, was whether Trump’s actions seemed to benefit Russia.
Watch CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz report on the findings above.
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