Trump: FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe

From Reuters - February 18, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented the deadly school shooting in Florida.

In a series of tweets over the weekend sent from his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, estate, Trump said congressional investigations and political hatred showed Russia had succeeded in sowing discord, disruption and chaos within the United States.

He accused President Barack Obama of failing to do enough to stop Russian election interference.

They are laughing their asses off in Moscow, he tweeted on Sunday morning.

The tweets follow the announcement on Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller had charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies with a conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 U.S. election.

The indictment said Russians adopted false online personas to push divisive messages and staged political rallies while posing as Americans, among other charges.

In a tweet on Saturday night, Trump criticized the FBI for missing warning signs in the case of Nikolas Cruz, 19, who is charged with killing 17 people on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable, Trump wrote.

They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion, added.[L2N1Q61CL]

The FBI acknowledged on Friday that it failed to investigate a warning that Cruz possessed a gun and the desire to kill.


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