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Klayman: Trump's Reputation Not Damaged, But Fight Goes On

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Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 04:36 PM

The FBI probe into possible ties between Donald Trump's campaign staff and the Russian government should not damage the commander-in-chief, but still, nothing can be certain in Washington, former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman, founder of the government watchdog Freedom Watch, told Newsmax TV.

"I don't think it will be damaging in the end, because the truth will come out," Klayman told host Miranda Khan on Tuesday's "America Talks Live." "I don't know what the truth is, but it doesn't look like they're terribly defensive about it right now."

But, Klayman added, there could be bumps in the road for Trump.

"Where there is a will, there is a way in Washington," Klayman told Khan. "If the federal government wants to get you, they can get you. This is not the Trump administration, this is the FBI and its other forces inside of government that President Trump can't control.

"I have an image of the White House now kind of being barricaded, isolated against a lot of forces that are against it. There are people inside of these intelligence agencies that are still loyal to President Obama that don't like President Trump and, in fact, anything can potentially happen.

"You can trump up charges, you can indict a ham sandwich . . . You have to take this very seriously and whether or not there's anything there."

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Klayman said he believes Trump should have fired FBI director James Comey after he was sworn in as the nation's 45th president.

"Because now, if he fires Comey, after Comey says he's investigating the Trump people, it looks like the Saturday night massacre during Watergate," Klayman said. "You can't fire him now.

"Frankly, I think Comey should be fired, because he's playing both sides of the street. He wants to preserve his so-called reputation, which frankly he's tarnished at this point significantly, and the guy can't be trusted. So, anything can happen."

Comey confirmed Monday the bureau is probing potential ties between Trump's associates and Russia during the 2016 campaign.

The FBI is looking into Moscow's efforts to "interfere" in the presidential election, an effort he said began in late July of last year, he said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing.

"I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election," Comey said. 

"And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts."

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The FBI probe into possible ties between Donald Trump's campaign staff and the Russian government should not damage the commander-in-chief, but still, nothing can be certain in Washington, former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman, founder of the government watchdog Freedom Watch, told Newsmax TV.
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