Clash over what actually happened when FBI informant questioned members of Trump campaign
“We could have had folks at the Department of Justice or at the FBI who were setting up a political campaign and trying to create a collusion narrative,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
Joe diGenova, an attorney and avid supporter of President Donald Trump, is now blaming former FBI Director James Comey.
“He became a politician and in the course of doing that, he usurped the function of the attorney general in the most outrageous abuse of law enforcement power in the history of the United States,” said DiGenova in an interview Thursday.
DiGenova, who was briefly hired by President Trump to work on his legal team, dismissed accounts the FBI was working inside the campaign out of concern of Russian election interference.
“If they really believed that they were trying to help Trump not be infiltrated, then what you do is you go and you tell the Trump campaign, 'We think the Russians are trying to infiltrate you.' You take defensive measures. But they didn’t do that,” he remarked.
With the president's supporters raising concerns about bias at the FBI, some lawmakers on Capitol Hill have concerns of their own, namely the long-term negative impact of politicizing the rule of law.
“Calling the FBI the deep criminal state is so damaging to the institution of law enforcement,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
“This is being generated out of a White House that is partisan that shows no respect for rule of law,” said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.
Former top intelligence officials are also speaking out, hoping to set the record straight.
"The purpose of all this was to determine what the Russians were doing to penetrate a political campaign,” said James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.