Speaking candidly during a brief respite from the exhausting campaign trail, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, told Fusion correspondent Alicia Menendez on Saturday that unknown persons within the FBI are working to aid the White House bid of Donald Trump.
Kaine made the comments after he was asked about remarks former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made indicating he had advanced knowledge of the renewed inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Giuliani attempted to disassociate himself from his comments last week; however, Kaine remained skeptical.
“I don’t think Giuliani’s walkback is credible. I think the FBI, sadly, has become like a leaky sieve,” he said.
“What’s come out since suggests that it’s probably more likely explained that (Giuliani) knew that the FBI is not only a leaky sieve but there were people within the FBI actively working — actively working — to try to help the Trump campaign. This is just absolutely staggering, and it is a massive blow to the integrity of that body.”
Stopping short of censuring FBI Director James Comey, Kaine expressed sympathy for the beseiged Bureau head, who has come under fire by numerous Democrats for his late October announcement reopening the inquiry into Clinton’s emails.
“He probably felt pressured to do something because he felt like subordinates were going to do it if he didn’t,” Kaine continued.
Some Democrats, including retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) have stated Comey broke the law over the FBI’s renewed investigation into Clinton’s emails.
Following Kaine’s remarks, Minnesota Senator Al Franken told CNN’s Jake Tapper he would like to see Comey cross examined over the Clinton probe.
“I think that there should be hearings, and I’m certain there will be hearings in the Judiciary Committee on this matter,” Franken said. “We will have hearings. I’m sure that FBI Director Comey will be before us. I think he should be able to answer questions about this, and he should be able to control the FBI.”
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