Former official says NYT report shows FBI employees working outside DOJ guidelines

01/14/19

A former assistant director of intelligence at the FBI said on Monday that a recent report that a counterintelligence probe was opened into whether President Trump was working on behalf of Russia shows some bureau employees are working outside of Department of Justice guidelines. 

“It’s just one more indicator of some individuals who are operating outside of the attorney general guidelines, and normal practices and protocols,” Kevin Brock told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons on “Rising.” 

“I’m not suggesting that the FBI refrain from following clearly articulated and reasonably suspicious activity that would indicate concerns regarding the intelligence activities of a hostile nation. I’m absolutely not suggesting that at all,” he said. 

Brock’s comments come after The New York Times reported on Friday that the bureau opened an investigation into whether Trump was working for the Russians after he fired former FBI Director James Comey. 

CNN reported on Monday that the FBI’s general counsel, James Baker, told House investigators last year that FBI officials debated whether Trump was “acting at the behest of” Russia. 

The president and his supporters have long alleged that there has been bias against Trump within the intelligence community. 

Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday that he “never worked for Russia.” 

— Julia Manchester

 

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