White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway spoke with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday to discuss a variety of issues, but raised an interesting question – has anybody been fired from the FBI yet after the scandalizing Inspector General report showed immense bias amongst certain FBI agents?
“… It’s so disturbing to anyone, Chuck, when you read this IG report and you see some of the comments that are being made in text messages. On September 9th, the same day that Hillary Clinton would go on to refer to President Trump’s supporters as irredeemable and deplorable. The same day, an FBI agent according to the IG report referred to Trump’s supporters in Iowa, excuse me, Ohio as ‘retarded’. Are we comfortable with that? Who is that person? Does that person still work at the FBI? Are they still getting government resources? Do they have his top secret security clearance?” Conway asked host Chuck Todd. (emphasis added).
Conway was referring to a portion of the IG Report last week which highlighted two FBI agents expressing anti-Trump sentiments on September 9th, 2016 seen in the following text exchange:
Agent 5: "i'm trying to think of a 'would i rather' instead of spending time with those people"
Agent 1: "stick your tongue in a fan??"
Agent 5: "i would rather have brunch with trump"
Agent 1: "ha"
Agent 1: "french toast with drumpf"
Agent 5: "i would rather have brunch with trump and a bunch of his supporters like the ones from ohio that are retarded"
Agent 5: ":)"
“Are you comfortable with the fact that the New York FBI office was leaking stuff to Devin Nunes in September of 2016 as well? I mean, against Hillary Clinton,” Todd retorted.
“I'm very uncomfortable,” said the Conway.
“I mean, what is going on if -- I understand, you guys want to make an issue of that. That New York FBI office looks like it was leaking like a sieve,” the host said.
“Well, I'm very uncomfortable that in, apparently, in exchange for some leaks, that FBI officials were taking gifts from journalists. And you should be very concerned, too. I'm sure you are. That people are being offered meals, and tickets to games and things of real value. What were they getting in exchange? A new friend? Or someone who would be a source for them? It's very disconcerting. There are many disconcerting things in this report. And I know people are running around cherry picking it according to their own political point of view. What I would, what I would recommend, Chuck, is that everybody take the time to really digest 568 pages,” Conway said.
The exchange can be viewed here:
Earlier today, President Trump tweet similar sentiments to Conway's from the Wall Street Journal regarding the integrity of the FBI again saying he was the victim of a political witch hunt.
Daniel Henninger of The Wall Street Journal: “This IG Report makes it clear, as did Rod Rosenstein’s memo, that Trump was absolutely justified, unquestionably justified, in firing Jim Comey. So I think the Mueller Investigation is on pretty weak grounds right now.” Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 17, 2018