Thursday 19 April 2018

Trump urges FBI to get back to the basics after mishandling Florida shooting tip

The gun attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland killed 14 students and three teachers,

Donald Trump has criticised the FBI )Matt Cardy/PA)
Donald Trump has criticised the FBI )Matt Cardy/PA)

By Catherine Lucey, Associated Press

Donald Trump has lashed out at the FBI saying the agency “missed all of the many signals” sent by the suspect in the Florida school shooting and arguing they are “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign”.

The president, posting on Twitter, wrote: “This is not acceptable. They are 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 FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack.

But the agency said on Friday that agents failed to investigate the alleged attacker which killed 17.

The FBI’s acknowledgment that it mishandled the tip prompted a sharp rebuke from its boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a call from Florida’s Republican governor Rick Scott, an ally, for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign.

Mr Trump and other Republicans have heavily criticised the FBI.

They are still dissatisfied with its decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with crimes related to her use of a private email server, and they see signs of bias in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia.

Press Association

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