Intel Dem: 'Putin thanks his lucky stars' for Trump's attacks on FBI

Intel Dem: 'Putin thanks his lucky stars' for Trump's attacks on FBI
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Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesDem rep: Nunes actions make US ‘profoundly less safe’ Dems urge Trump to reinstate top cyber post Dem lawmaker: People will 'rot in hell' for attacking Mueller and Comey MORE (D-Conn.) on Saturday decried what he called the "damage" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE has done to the FBI and CIA, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be grateful for Trump's actions.

"As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I assure you, it has not concluded that there was no collusion," Himes tweeted.

"Not even close. We do see daily the damage you are doing to FBI and CIA. Putin thanks his lucky stars."


Himes also asserted that the Intelligence panel has not yet determined whether members of Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to help sway the 2016 presidential election.

Republicans on the panel have been put on the defensive about their announcement this week concluding the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 race. 

GOP lawmakers declared that there was no coordination between Trump's campaign and Moscow, an assertion Democrats have challenged. Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Rubio heckled by protestors outside immigration detention facility MSNBC’s Ruhle fires back at ‘Fox & Friends’ over ‘propaganda’ about migrant children MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, has pledged to continue probing Russia's election meddling.

Himes's comments Saturday also followed on the heels of the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was just two days away from retirement. 

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard Sessions'Occupy ICE' protests emerge across the country Prosecutor warned border authorities office is ‘diverting’ DOJ resources from other cases: report There's room in America for domestic violence victims MORE, who fired McCabe on Friday night, has said that he ousted McCabe for misleading investigators and making unauthorized disclosures to the press — charges McCabe has denied.

McCabe has long been on the receiving end of criticism from congressional Republicans and Trump. The president touted his firing early Saturday, calling it a "great day for Democracy."