Officials have revealed that senior intelligence officials are being questioned by the Mueller’s team as part of the probe in the Russian campaign to tilt the 2016 election in the favor of Trump and whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to achieve that goal.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Head of National Security Agency Adm. Mike Rogers, and Rogers’ former deputy Richard Ledgett are all due to be questioned by the FBI in regards to their private communications with Trump.
Trump’s team has predictably decided to complain about the fact that the information leaked and ignore the content of the leaks entirely. “The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” said a spokesman for Trump’s personal attorney, Mark Kasowitz – who did not dispute the accuracy of the report.
Former FBI Director James Comey’s damning testimony last week revealed that Trump invited him to “dinner,” asked for his loyalty, and demanded he halt the FBI investigation into disgraced National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
When Comey failed to do so, he was promptly fired. That sequence of events almost certainly appears to be the obstruction of justice, and it could very well lead to Trump’s eventual impeachment. Infringement on the independence of the FBI is a very serious matter indeed.
The irony here is simply delicious. While Trump was likely not under investigation himself for his part in the Russia collusion investigation – as he so happily shouted from his Twitter account – his clumsy and ham-fisted efforts to stymie all scrutiny of his administration and his campaign cronies have backfired tremendously, as the Washington Post dryily notes:
Trump had received private assurances from former FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey’s firing.
This is probably not the announcement that President Trump was looking forwards to on his birthday, but it’s certainly the one that he deserves. Spoiled rich boy Trump thought he could bully and bluster his way through government like he did a series of failed real estate ventures, but he’s about to learn that checks and balances in the American government are not dead yet.