CNN: Transcripts Show FBI Debated ‘Range’ Of ‘Extremes’ Before Launching Trump Probe

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the U.S. Capitol to attend the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon January 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump is meeting with GOP lawmakers to ... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the U.S. Capitol to attend the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon January 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump is meeting with GOP lawmakers to shore up their resolve and support for his proposed border wall with Mexico as the partial federal government shutdown drags into a third week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
|
January 14, 2019 9:31 a.m.
JOIN TPM FOR JUST $1

After President Trump abruptly fired former FBI Director James Comey, several top FBI officials met to discuss whether Trump was behaving in what appeared to be “at the behest” of Russia before it launched its investigation, CNN reported Monday.

According to transcripts of interviews between two FBI officials and House investigators obtained by CNN, the officials debated a “range” of “extremes” before the probe into whether Trump was working for Russia commenced.

The group of officials discussed whether Trump was “acting at the behest of and somehow following directions, somehow executing (Russia’s) will. That was one extreme,” then-FBI counsel James Baker told House investigators last year, according to the transcript.

“The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too,” he 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.”

A transcript of an interview with former FBI attorney Lisa Page also reveals that officials had discussed starting a probe into Trump’s behavior before he fired Comey, according to CNN.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that the FBI looked into whether Trump was working for Russia in the early days of his presidency.

Comments
Masthead Masthead
Editor & Publisher:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporter:
Senior Newswriters:
Newswriters:
Editor at Large:
General Manager & General Counsel:
Executive Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: