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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI, for its acronym in English), the prestigious largest criminal investigation agency in the United States, is once again the focus of criticism of Donald Trump.
In a series of tweets published this Sunday, the president affirmed that the reputation of the FBI is “on the ground” and that it was “the worst in its history”.
The president’s new attack comes after a wave of events that took place last week as part of the investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller on the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
As reported on Saturday, Mueller fired an FBI agent who worked on his team after it was discovered that he had made comments against Trump in text messages, which led to the president’s tweet.
It is not the first time that Trump attacks the FBI, the CIA or the National Security Agency (NSA), who also say that Moscow interfered in last year’s elections.
According to US media reports, Trump has, in fact, refused to receive daily intelligence reports – an established practice for a president – claiming that he is “a smart person” and does not need them.
But that was not the most controversial tweet of Trump’s last week.
In another published also on Saturday he suggested that he was aware of the meeting of his ex-national security adviser, Michel Flynn, with the Russian embassy, a key key in the investigation into the interference of Moscow.
The publication, which was interpreted as an acknowledgment by the president that he had information about Flynn’s meetings with Russian diplomats, generated such controversy that led Trump’s personal lawyer to claim that he had written them, instead of the president. .
The Comey controversy
Although in the beginning Flynn denied contacts with the Russian embassy, the publication of the recordings of the meeting led him to resign last February.
The then director of the FBI, James Comey, alleged that in a private meeting the day after the dismissal the president suggested he not investigate Flynn .
Comey took notes immediately after the meeting and shared copies with senior FBI officials.
But last May, the controversy between Trump and his inner intelligence agency reached one of his climax when he fired Comey, who learned on television about the end of his service.
“I agree with the Department of Justice that you are not capable of effectively leading the Bureau,” the president then wrote in his letter of dismissal.
This Sunday, Trump denied again that he had asked the former director of the FBI to stop the investigation of his ex-national security adviser.
“I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn … More false news about another Comey lie!” wrote.
Obstruction of justice
Trump’s critics claim that the president, theoretically, could have obstructed justice if he tried to stop the FBI’s investigation of Flynn.
This Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Justice Committee, revealed that the chamber is gathering information about it.
“The Justice Committee also has an ongoing investigation that involves an obstruction of justice and what we are beginning to value is building a (specific) case of obstruction of justice,” he said during an interview with NBC television.
The senator said she considered the dismissal of Comey as another sign that the president had tried to impede the investigation.
“I think (the dismissal) was because he did not agree to turn a blind eye to the investigation of the Russian plot,” he said.