Jonathan Karl, White House News correspondent for ABC News, reported yesterday something the President has been saying for almost two years – special counsel Robert Mueller will find nothing that connects Donald Trump to Russia’s attempt to interfere in our election.
Speaking on “This Week” he told host George Stephanopoulos that expectations “have been building… for over a year.” He then made light of those expectations adding, “But people who are closest to what Mueller has been doing, interacting with the special counsel caution me that this report is almost certain to be anti-climactic.”
Karl then referred to a new story from the New York Times that the FBI was investigating Trump before the Mueller investigation saying that “Mueller did not go anywhere with that investigation.” He then added that the special counsel, “has been writing his report in real time through these indictments and we have seen nothing from Mueller on the central question of, was there any coordination, collusion, with the Russians in the effort to meddle in the elections?
Driving home his point, Karl said there was no sign that there was no “knowledge on the part of the president or anybody in his campaign with what the Russians were doing, there’s been no indication of that.”
The New York Times story in question was that the FBI began a counterintelligence investigation in 2017 after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey because discredited former Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe and others had “concern the president’s actions may have presented a threat to national security.”
The Times reported the counterintelligence probe was sparked in part by growing alarm about Trump’s behavior, including comments he made suggesting he fired Comey over the Russia investigation, which is now being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Former NJ Governor Chris Christie told the ABC panel that Trump should embrace the New York Times story “because it backs up his narrative that… FBI agents were acting in a rogue manner and overstepping the normal course of business” simply because they had something against him.
When Stephanopoulos asked what he had heard from sources close to Trump, Karl replied: “the story in The New York Times was an extraordinary reflection of the level of distrust between the FBI leadership and the president”.
He then returned to his initial thoughts: “What I am getting is that this is all building up to the Mueller report and raising expectations of a bombshell report… But people who are closest to what Mueller has been doing, interacting with the special counsel caution me that this report is almost certain to be anti-climactic.”
Trump rejected the Times story on Saturday, telling Fox News it was, “the most insulting article I’ve ever read.”
Over on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (Rep-SC) told Chris Wallace the New York Times story was suspect and told him “a lot about the people running the FBI, [former deputy director Andrew] McCabe and that crowd.” Lindsey concluded by saying, “I don’t trust them as far as I throw them. So if this really did happen, Congress needs to know about it… What kind of checks and balances are there?”
On CBS’s “Face the Nation”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stood by the President saying, “The idea that’s contained in the New York Times story that President Trump was a threat to American national security is — is silly on its face and not worthy of a response.”
Leftist were quick to make light of reports like those by Karl. Chief global strategist for Horizon Investments, Greg Valliere, chief global strategist for Horizon Investments, said: “the mere hint — if true — that the FBI had suspicions about Trump being a Russian agent is mind-boggling.” He then implied that the President is “eager to keep the government shutdown in the limelight, because he knows the imminent Mueller report will be explosive.”
No Mr. Valliere, what is happening on the border IS explosive and most Americans know it. That is why, multiple polls show that the average voter is tired of the stalemate going on in Washington so Trump can focus all his efforts on the real crisis facing our country.
Former Democratic Senator of North Dakota, Heidi Heitkamp told Stephanopoulos the average American is tired of all the “so-called” bombshells in the news…”
We couldn’t agree more.