Former FBI special agent Clint Watts told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson on Monday that federal law enforcement officials had no choice but to investigate President Donald Trump given his alarming behavior during the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Among other things, Watts said that Trump’s public statements about Russia shortly following the Comey firing — as well as his reported declaration to Russian officials that firing Comey had taken “great pressure” off of him — were flashing red lights that officials at the Department of Justice and FBI could not ignore.
“He kept interjecting Russia into the discussions,” Watts argued. “He did it with Lester Holt on NBC News. He brought it up to Rod Rosenstein. If you look at this, just from a counterintelligence perspective as an FBI agent, there are alarm bells all the way through that 18-month period leading up to this moment. So what were they supposed to do?”
Watts also said that Trump’s pattern of trusting Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies should also alarm American law enforcement officials.
“The president does not believe the intelligence community, does not rely on them for his information, and instead goes to our enemies, our opponents overseas and uses their information to gain his perspective,” he said. “It is not just troubling — it is dangerous.”
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