Despite Donald Trump cronies Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders lying about the current state of the FBI’s relationship with Trump, the FBI is absolutely investigating the President for his ties to Russia and his call for foreign operatives to hack Hillary Clinton’s campaign last year.
Last year during the campaign, Trump directed this statement to Russian President Vladimir Putin:
“I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
The Sparrow Project has examined court documents and shows that those remarks are now part of an FBI investigation.
Buzzfeed News investigator Jason Leopold and researcher Ryan Shapiro sued the FBI to release all documents related to Trump’s statement. In response, the FBI confirmed the existence of an ongoing investigation.
“Because of the existence of an active, ongoing investigation,” the filing says, the agency will “withhold all records responsive to the Russia Request, because releasing any responsive records (or portions thereof) ‘could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.’”
The court documents went on to say that “virtually all, if not all, of the documents responsive to the Russia Request will be exempt from disclosure in their entirety under Exemption 7(A), which applies to law-enforcement records the disclosure of which ‘could be reasonable expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.’”
The Sparrow Project goes on to point out:
…a recent court filing by the Department of Justice on behalf of the FBI in an ongoing FOIA lawsuit plainly indicates the FBI has an active investigation pertaining to Donald Trump’s actions related to actual or potential election-related hacking and espionage by Russia.[…]
On August 18, 2016, Shapiro and Leopold submitted a FOIA request to the FBI seeking “disclosure of any and all records, including investigative records, mentioning or referring to Donald J. Trump’s statement on 27 July, 2016 [regarding Secretary Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails], ‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,’ and ‘I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.’”
When the FBI did not respond in a timely manner to the FOIA request, Shapiro and Leopold sued. During the lawsuit, the FBI initially asserted that it could neither confirm nor deny the existence of documents responsive to this FOIA request.
However, the FBI subsequently withdrew this position and agreed to search for the requested documents. Again, the documents requested by Shapiro and Leopold are records, including investigative records, mentioning or referring to a public statement made personally by Donald J. Trump, not his advisors, surrogates, or campaign staff.
Simply put, if Donald Trump wasn’t under FBI investigation, there would have been no problem releasing the records that Shapiro and Leopold requested.
So when you hear Trump and his parade of professional liars saying he is not under FBI investigation, don’t believe it. Not that you would believe a word they say anyway.
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