Trump blasts Federal Bureau of Investigation over shooting suspect tip

Cheryl Sanders
February 18, 2018

President Donald Trump suggested Saturday that the FBI failed to stop the Florida school shooting because it's spending too much time on the Russian Federation investigation.

The FBI is "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" the president said on Twitter.

"Speaking directly to children across the country following the school shooting spree by a heavily-armed 19-year-old ex-student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who killed 17 people, Trump stressed the need to address mental health issues in the US".

The shooting reignited demands for tougher gun laws, with student survivors gathering in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday to criticize Trump and other lawmakers for their inaction.

In a letter to Wray released on Friday night, Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked the bureau to "brief the committees on the tip, protocols, and FBI's actions before and after the incident as soon as possible, but no later than March 2, 2018". The caller provided information about "Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting", the statement said.

USA authorities have come under mounting scrutiny for failing to act on a series of warning signs ahead of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which 17 people were killed.

"We are going to be the last mass shooting..."

The President said the entire nation "with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families" and promised that his administration is working closely with state and local leaders investigating the attack. On Friday, Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 13 Russian nationals for trying to influence the 2016 election. "This is not acceptable", Trump said on Twitter.

"Now that Adam Schiff is starting to blame President Obama for Russian meddling in the election, he is probably doing so as yet another excuse that the Democrats, lead by their fearless leader, Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election".

Trump is far from the only person to attack the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Miami for overlooking warning signs that pointed to the likelihood that Nikolas Cruz would become a school shooter. But the indictments did not clear the campaign, and Mueller's investigation continues.

Trump also tweeted Sunday that the investigations into Russian meddling are creating chaos and divisions in the U.S. He said, "They are laughing their asses off in Moscow".

The president also addressed the assessment of top USA intelligence officials that Russians were able to sow discord in 2016 through the use of social media, saying "they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams".

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