Trump touts Ken Starr interview on Russia probe

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President Trump on Sunday praised former independent counsel Ken Starr for his comments during a Fox News interview focused on Russian interference in the 2016 election and leaks in the Justice Department.

“Thank you to KenStarr, former Independent Counsel, Whitewater, for your insight and powerful words on FISA abuse, Russian meddling etc. Really great interview with @MariaBartiromo,” Trump tweeted.

Starr spoke with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” about the fallout from the Justice Department indicting 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for allegedly attempting to interfere in the 2016 election. The indictment says the goal of the Russians was to support then-candidate Donald Trump and damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

{mosads}“We’re now aiming our guns, so to speak, where they should be aiming. I think we should stop pointing fingers at one another in this country and realize who the real enemy is,” Starr said.

Starr praised the indictment as a way to refocus most Americans on the fact that Russians have pitted them against each other, and noted there’s no mention of collusion with the Trump campaign in the charges.

Bartiromo, however, argued that the indictment did not reveal anything new, and raised the question of how Trump has become the focus of congressional investigations and the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference. 

Starr said that can be traced back to the so-called Steele dossier, a document of explosive and in some cases unverified allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia. The document was funded partly by the DNC and Clinton’s presidential campaign, and was reportedly used to obtain a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

“There are real issues in terms of the transparency of senior officials of U.S. government with [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court,” Starr said, adding that leaks within the Justice Department should be investigated.

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