Pompeo Refuses To Say If He Knew About FBI Investigation of Trump As Russian Agent
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to push back against the idea that Donald Trump could be a threat to national security, but conspicuously refused to say whether he was aware of the FBI investigation into whether Trump was acting as a Russian agent, an investigation which began while Pompeo was CIA director.
On Sunday morning’s edition of CBS News’ Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan asked Pompeo about the bombshell New York Times report that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into Trump following Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Brennan first asked Pompeo for his reaction to the report.
“I won’t comment on New York Times stories,” Pompeo said, adding “I will say this, the notion that President Trump is a threat to national security is ludicrous.”
“To clarify, you were CIA director, did you have any idea this investigation was happening?” Brennan asked Pompeo.
Pompeo could easily have refused to say whether he knew about the FBI investigation when he was head of the CIA based on the classified nature of that post. Instead, Pompeo falsely insisted that he has already answered a question that no one was asking until this weekend.
“Margaret, Margaret, I have answered this question repeatedly, indeed on your show,” Pompeo claimed, then added that “The idea contained in the New York Times story, that president Trump was a threat to national security, is silly on the face and not worthy of a response.”
On Saturday night, Trump himself conspicuously declined to deny that he was a Russian agent during an interview with Judge Jeannine Pirro.
Watch the clip above, via CBS News.
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