Former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe told The View that President Donald Trump’s repeated decisions to take the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over United States’ intelligence services had caused deep, existential worry at the FBI.
The comment was prompted by host Joy Behar, who brought up just one example, in which Trump took Putin’s word over that of the FBI that North Korea was testing missiles capable of hitting the United States.
“How is that not treasonous behavior?” she asked. “How is that he gets away with saying ‘I don’t believe my intelligence, I believe Putin’, and the Republican Party doesn’t sanction him?”
“It’s incredibly concerning,” McCabe replied. “It is the sort of thing that shakes our intelligence professionals to the core.” McCabe hesitated to label the president’s behavior “treason” saying he was reluctant “to throw that word around,” but came very close, saying Russia was “the one country on Earth that we want to be careful about.”
“The president has to be able to rely on the information that he gets from the places like the FBI and CIA,” he said. “When we hear from the chief executive that not only is he not not consuming that information, that he’s not interested in hearing what we have to say, not only that he doesn’t believe us but he believes the adversary instead of us, it’s really very troubling.”
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Betsy DeVos’ DOE threatens to cut university funding for positive portrayal of Islam
The U.S Department of Education threatened to pull federal funding from a Middle East studies course jointly run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina because it portrays Islam too positively.
The DOE ordered the universities to change their program or lose its federal grant money. In a letter to UNC, the department criticized the program, arguing that topics like Iranian art and film have “little or no relevance” to the Middle East studies program. The letter also argues that the program “appears to lack balance” because its programs are not focused on the discrimination faced by “religious minorities in the Middle East," including Christians and Jews.
Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession — here’s why
The Federal Reserve seems a lot more concerned about the state of the economy than it’s been letting on.
The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July – and the first reductions since the Great Recession more than 10 years ago.
Judging by the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, this isn’t that big a deal. In his statement following the decision, he said: “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”
Elizabeth Warren accuses Congress of complicity in Trump’s continued abuses
Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the U.S. Congress of complicity in President Donald Trump's continued abuse of power late Friday, after reports surfaced of his alleged attempts to solicit foreign meddling in the 2020 presidential election, and reiterated her demand that Democrats use their majority in the House to pursue impeachment.
Warren's tweeted statement came hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to a Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016.