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Sununu: 'Honest and Real Concern' About FBI Acting Politically

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By    |   Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:13 PM

There's an "honest and real concern" that the FBI was dragged into the political process during the 2016 presidential election, but the issues are with the federal agency's leadership, not with its employees, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu said Wednesday.

"What is of concern is not the rank and file, it is all the strange pieces of information that have come out the last couple of months about current leadership and certainly former leadership," Sununu, who served as White House Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush, told CNN's "New Day" program. 

He said he hopes that it will turn out that the FBI's leaders, including former Director James Comey, general counsel Jim Baker, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and others were not trying to affect the election.

Further, he said he doesn't like using the term "deep state," when asked if the three were part of it, but he does think they need explain their actions, including investigating the Trump campaign.

"They have to at least explain what they did on issues like the dossier, what they did on starting the investigation as early as a year ago on the Trump campaign," Sununu said. "They ought to explain whether the dossier was used to get a FISA warrant."

However, he thinks the officials dodged the answers by saying they would not talk while the investigation was continuing, and that heightened the concerns people have.

Show host Alisyn Camerota, meanwhile, said CNN has not reported on salacious details contained in dossier purporting to link President Donald Trump's campaign with Russia, but she said crime fighting organizations said the FBI would not have just taken a dossier to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant.

Sununu said he does not agree with her and that the FBI leaders and the Justice Department needed to explain what had happened.

"They have refused to answer that question," he said. "[Assistant Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein and [FBI Director Christopher] Wray were asked specific questions about the dossier, and they dodged it."

"The FBI is too significant an asset to this country to allow the uncertainty of its intentions to continue," he said.

When asked if he agrees with Trump that the FBI has been tainted, Sununu averred, saying he thinks there are questions that have to be answered about the past and current leadership.

"I think the fact that the FBI leadership refused to answer a simple question, 'did you pay for any of the dossier?'" he said. "They refused to answer that. That creates doubt. I think the fact that within the FBI there is, . . . there was some indication they were investigating Trump. All of those questions have to be answered."

Sununu also said he thinks special counsel Robert Mueller's probe is legitimate, but he thinks he should wrap it up soon.

"In a whole year, he has failed to provide a single scintilla of evidence . . . there have been four indictments and two guilty pleas," said Sununu.

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There's an "honest and real concern" that the FBI was dragged into the political process during the 2016 presidential election, but the issues are with the federal agency's leadership, not with its employees, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu said Wednesday.
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