Podesta: 'Something is deeply broken at the FBI’

Podesta: 'Something is deeply broken at the FBI’
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A top aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP senator says idea that Ukraine interfered in US election is 'not a conspiracy theory' Cotton: Democrats are 'upset that their witnesses haven't said what they want them to say' Trump's troubles won't end with a Senate acquittal MORE said Thursday the FBI’s response to Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election shows the agency is “deeply broken.”

“The more we learn about the Russian plot to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s campaign and elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE, and the failure of the FBI to adequately respond, the more shocking it gets,” John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday.

Podesta said the FBI’s focus on Clinton using a private email server as secretary of State shows its misplaced priorities before and after Election Day.

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“As the former chair of the Clinton campaign and a direct target of Russian hacking, I understand just how serious this is. So I was surprised to read in the New York Times that when the FBI discovered the Russian attack in September 2015, it failed to send even a single agent to warn senior Democratic National Committee [DNC] officials," he wrote.

“What takes this from baffling to downright infuriating is that at nearly the exact same time that no one at the FBI could be bothered to drive 10 minutes to raise the alarm at DNC headquarters, two agents accompanied by attorneys from the Justice Department were in Denver visiting a tech firm that had helped maintain Clinton’s email server."

“Comparing the FBI’s massive response to the overblown email scandal with the seemingly lackadaisical response to the very real Russian plot to subvert a national election shows that something is deeply broken at the FBI," Podesta said.

Podesta added that lawmakers should investigate Russian intrusion in the election much like they did the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“The election is over and the damage is done, but the threat from Russia and other potential aggressors remains urgent and demands a serious and sustained response. Congress should authorize a far-reaching, bipartisan independent investigation modeled on the 9/11 commission," he wrote.

President Obama and leaders in Congress from both parties have called for further investigation, but for now it appears Republicans plan to limit a probe to within the Intelligence Committee.

A CIA analysis has concluded Russia interfered in last month’s election to help Trump become the president-elect, according to reports, and some intelligence officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved. Russia denies the claims. 

Intelligence agencies have reportedly identified various individuals who helped the Russian government leak hacked documents to WikiLeaks from Democratic sources, including thousands of Podesta's emails.