A top FBI official investigating the Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 election would not say Wednesday whether President Donald Trump acted as an “unwitting agent” of the Kremlin during his presidential campaign.
Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that Moscow “employed a multifaceted approach intended to undermine confidence in our democratic process,” including efforts to “discredit” Hillary Clinton and help elect Trump.
Citing Priestap’s description of Russian efforts to “sow discord” in the United States, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) asked Priestap about the term “unwitting agent,” meaning an official duped into doing the bidding of a foreign power.
“Did Donald Trump become an unwitting agent of the Russians?” Heinrich asked.
Priestap paused for several seconds, with the hearing room silent.
“I can’t really comment on that,” he said.
“I don’t blame you for not answering that question,” Heinrich replied, to laughter.
Not really a laughing matter, but parsing Priestap's answer reveals that he easily could have said no if Trump wasn't an agent for Moscow. He did not say that.
This appears to mean that Donald Trump was either working for Russia as a dupe...or on purpose and for other reasons.
Either scenario is absolutely shocking and should immediately disqualify Trump from the Oval Office. You'd better believe both the FBI and Robert Mueller know damn well that Trump was working for his real boss Vlad. When this dam bursts folks, it's going to wipe out the GOP for a generation, but they keep plugging the leaks and praying that the dam holds.
It will not save them when the flood comes.