Former CIA Officer Calls Trump A ‘Traitor’ In Harsh Public Outcry

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On Friday, The New York Times published a bombshell report that sent up sirens, which disclosed that the FBI had opened inquiry into into whether Mr. Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia shortly after former FBI Director James Comey was fired. The firing of Comey caused officials to become increasingly concerned which sparked an investigation.

In multiple tweets, one former CIA operations officer, who ran as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election, accused Trump on Friday of being a traitor. Evan McMullin tweeted:

‘That the FBI had cause to investigate a sitting American president for possible collaboration with a foreign power against the nation should shock and awaken us to the gravity of our situation. Still beyond the perception of many, Trump has betrayed us.’

McMullin followed this up with another tweet on Saturday morning directly responding to Trump’s tweet saying he had “been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton.” McMullin said:

‘I’ve always been fascinated by traitors. They consider themselves highly intelligent, yet fail to understand how likely they are to be caught. When they are, they become men without a home, having betrayed their countrymen and been used by an enemy. So it will be with this one.’

Twitter largely agreed with McMullin and had equally strong words for Trump:

According to The Times report:

‘The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.’

In addition, the FBI’s investigation included a criminal element in that they also wanted to know whether or not the president’s firing of Comey constituted obstruction of justice. The Times reported:

‘Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly twoinstances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.’

According to Axios:

‘The first red flag that alerted officials to the possibility that an investigation was necessary was an early draft of Comey’s firing letter, in which Trump thanked Comey for telling him he was not a target of the Russia probe. The second was when Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt in an interview that he had fired Comey because of the Russia investigation.’

If Trump fired Comey to stop the Russia investigation, this action would have been a national security threat. It would have hurt the FBI’s effort to learn how Moscow interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Americans were involved.

James A. Baker, who served as F.B.I. general counsel until late 2017, testified privately before House investigators in October. In his testimony, Baker said:

‘Not only would it be an issue of obstructing an investigation, but the obstruction itself would hurt our ability to figure out what the Russians had done, and that is what would be the threat to national security.’

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