The Trump administration has long asserted that the FBI under President Barack Obama violated norms and procedures — and potentially even the law — in pursuing an investigation of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and alleged collusion with Russian operatives.
Newly released notes and text messages from FBI agents and analysts appear to bolster the president’s argument, especially one remark confirming that “Trump was right” to be suspicious of the bureau, as reported by The Federalist.
Private communications released
According to The Federalist, the latest details were released as part of a court filing by Sidney Powell, an attorney for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. As the conversations unfold, a narrative begins to emerge that unidentified FBI assets were increasingly worried that their behavior and actions would eventually be discovered.
One such example occurred on Jan. 5, 2017, the same day as an Oval Office meeting reportedly attended by Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Salley Yates, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, potentially among others.
That meeting reportedly included a discussion of probes into Trump and Flynn and apparently prompted a series of text messages between unidentified parties involved in the investigation dubbed Crossfire Hurricane.
One agent reportedly asked another what “the word” was on the Obama briefing.
“Don’t know but people here are scrambling for info to support certain things and its a mad house,” another responded, according to The Federalist.
“Still not put together”
In another message, presumably from the first agent, an individual made the assertion that Trump “was right” and that the administration’s case was “still not put together.”
That message went on to ask “why do we do this to ourselves” and “what is wrong with these people.”
One individual involved in the communication stated that agents were so concerned about the possible fallout that they “all went and purchased professional liability insurance.”
Just two days before that meeting, Trump tweeted that an intelligence briefing “was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case,” describing the entire situation as “very strange.”
As the newly released conversations suggest, the president-elect might have been on to something bigger than he realized. Or, as one unnamed agent might say, he “was right.”