Peter King: Improper behavior by FBI officials 'going to come out'

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said in a new interview that the Trump administration would uncover wrongdoing at the highest levels by the FBI and CIA when the Justice Department completes its review into the early stages of the investigation into the Trump campaign.

King told AM 970's "The Answer" host John Catsimatidis that he believed there was "no legal basis" for the Justice Department under President Obama to begin an investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign were attempting to collude with Russia during the 2016 election.

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"There is no doubt to me there was severe, serious abuses that were carried out in the FBI and, I believe, top levels of the CIA against the President of the United States or, at that time, presidential candidate Donald Trump," King said.

"There was no legal basis at all for them to begin this investigation of his campaign - and the way they carried it forward, and the way information was leaked," he added.

King said that the Justice Department's review, ordered by Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet House poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Harris campaign accepts money from partners of law firm she criticized over Epstein case MORE, would prove that former officials acted improperly.

"All of this is going to come out. It’s going to show the bias. It’s going to show the baselessness of the investigation, and how dangerous it is to democracy. I would say the same thing if this were done to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE or Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down MORE," he continued, adding: "It’s just wrong."

During the interview, King also blames members of the media for fanning public speculation about the investigation, accusing reporters of suggesting that President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE was himself working with Russia's government.

"The media was an accessory to this," King said. "The media went along with this - actually, keeping this farcical, ridiculous thought going that the President of the United States… was somehow involved in a conspiracy with Russia against his own country."

Trump has maintained for months that there was no legal reason for the FBI to begin an investigation into his campaign before the special counsel was appointed to investigate it in 2017. The president has also accused former President Obama of "spying" on his campaign during the election, a charge that has been widely rebuked by former intelligence officials who served under previous administrations.