Trump assails FBI leadership, touts loyalty to police

Donald Trump speaks in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington D.C. Dec. 13 2017. Evan Vucci  AP

Donald Trump speaks in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington D.C. Dec. 13 2017. Evan Vucci AP

Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, calling it "really disgraceful" and continuing his questioning of his country's intelligence and law enforcement institutions as no president before.

He said Trump should "impanel a federal grand jury to investigate the conduct of [FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe and [senior counterintelligence agent Peter] Strzok and [senior FBI lawyer Lisa] Page and Comey and Ohr and everybody in the Obama Justice Department who even touched this because it's very clear that they conspired to frame the incoming president of the United States".

Shortly afterward, Trump told law enforcement leaders he is "more loyal than anyone else could be" to police.

At the top of his program this morning, CNN's Michael Smerconish took aim at not only the president for using his speech to once again go after the press but also at law enforcement officers for applauding Trump.

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Finally Johnson points to FBI agent Peter Strzok's involvement in revising the draft saying, "This effort, seen in light of the personal animus toward then-candidate Trump by senior FBI agents leading the Clinton investigation and their apparent desire to create an "insurance policy" against Mr. Trump's election, raise profound questions about the FBI's role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election...."

Strzok, who was also a member of special counsel Robert Mueller's team looking into any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign, was relieved from the team following uncovered messages showing Strzok mocking then-candidate Donald Trump.

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