US President Donald Trump during the weekend asked the Justice Department and the FBI why they didn’t inform him about the “Russia issue” during the presidential campaign in 2016. For those who are just joining in the discussion, it is easy to label the two departments as at fault. Even Ari Fleischer who is the Press Secretary of the White House noted that this concern was raised legitimately.
Now, the issue is not that the question is not valid, but the question was answered several months ago as the NBC News declared in a report that was documented in December last year.
In this report, it showcases how Trump was warned about foreign adversaries that included Russia. He was warned how these adversaries were going to try to spy on his campaign according to several officials of the government who were aware of the matter.
A counterintelligence briefing that was organized by the senior FBI officials was presented to president Trump. Similarly, the FBI presented Hillary Clinton with the same briefing with the objective of providing the presidential nominees with information that would make them be aware of the potential threats that were coming from foreign spies.
According to the report, the two presidential nominees were asked to report about any kind of suspicious activity during their campaigns to the FBI.
There are different ways to look at the whole story. Firstly, the complaint that was presented by Donal Trump – that the FBI should have notified him while he was undertaking the presidential campaign about the “Russian issue” as they attacked his political campaign system- is hard to even take on a serious note given the fact that there is evidence that states that he was given a counterintelligence briefing on the same in 2016.
Since the president decided to remind us about the bigger picture, it shows how much he ignored the entire FBI briefing. Sadly, no one in his campaign thought of mentioning the matter to any law enforcement, even after a counterintelligence briefing was presented about how Russia was planning on gaining access to his presidential campaign system.
To paint the picture whole, when Trump was receiving the first counterintelligence briefing after the FBI warning, several Trump campaign members of staff and his family had met with Russians, but Trump never mentioned anything.