Perhaps you were thinking that the Ukraine scandal which has led to the formation of an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives couldn’t possibly get any more disturbing when it comes to the impact on U.S. national security, but a report from CNN suggests otherwise.
According to CNN, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is now not only the subject of a criminal investigation in regard to Ukraine, but the FBI has also launched a counterintelligence probe to determine if Giuliani was compromised by a foreign government.
CNN’s Senior Justice Correspondent Evan Pérez reported Wednesday afternoon:
“One of the things we’re getting a picture of, a better picture of is this involves not only Giuliani’s financial entanglements with allegedly corrupt Ukrainian figures but also counterintelligence angle is there to this and the idea that perhaps Rudy Giuliani and some of his business dealings were part of essentially an influence operation, a foreign influence operation with a target being the Trump White House.”
That led former FBI Special Agent Asha Rangappa to remark:
“That’s very big. Because it means that whether or not Rudy Giuliani may have committed a crime, the FBI believes that he may pose a national security threat to the United States.
“And — by the way, I want to make clear this is not mutually exclusive with a criminal investigation. These can happen on parallel tracks just going at different goals.”
Rangappa then noted that there’s a very important implication on the report that the FBI is examining Giuliani’s actions from a counterintelligence perspective:
“The fact Evan mentioned that FBI agents were questioning people about this as far back as February or March, when a counterintelligence investigation lasts longer than six months, that means it is the highest level of investigation. In other words, it poses the most serious threat, otherwise it would be shut down after six months.”
As we learned from the Russia investigation and Mueller Report, Donald Trump is indeed conducting a foreign policy based on what other countries can do to benefit him instead of working in the best interests of U.S. national security. And now a foreign government may have used Trump’s attorney in order to manipulate decisions made at the highest level. Decisions which involve matters of life and death.
Trump cannot be removed from office soon enough.