Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., slammed the FBI about the alleged double standards of the bureau dealing with a suspected Chinese spy in sen Dianne Feinstein,D-Calif., office.
Sen. Lindsey Graham crack the FBI this week about an alleged double standards, such as the office of an alleged Chinese spy on sen Dianne Feinstein employees are treated compared to how it handled the Russian contacts with the trump campaign consultant years later.
As revealed in the recent reports in the press, the FBI briefed the Democratic senator about the alleged Chinese spy who was then away from your office.
By contrast, the Bureau seemed to be then-candidate Donald Trump in the dark on the Russia-suspicion — starts an event, which will later be taken over by special Counsel Robert Müller.
“Though, I guess the FBI is care in the identification of employees with potential ties to the Chinese government and the provision of Senator Feinstein with a defensive briefing, I am deeply saddened that the Trump was the campaign not be granted the same treatment to the ancestors when the FBI began that the campaign staff of George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Michael Flynn, and Paul Manafort, had improper relations with the Russian government,” Republican Sen. Graham, of South Carolina, wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“It seems that not then-candidate Donald Trump or the trump campaign, the officials with a defensive briefing, it relates to the FBI, the Bureau decided for the use of a confidential informant and a dossier, financed by the Democratic National Committee, to launch an unprecedented counter-espionage investigations in the trump campaign,” Graham.
Reports of alleged Chinese espionage in Feinstein’s San Francisco office emerged earlier this month, although the incident took place around five years. The employee reportedly served as Feinstein driver, but also took on additional tasks in the office, such as working as a link to the countries of the Asian-American community in California.
The employee allegedly visited the Chinese Consulate events on behalf of the senator and was recruited after he became friends with someone from China Ministry of state security.
“Five years ago, the FBI has shared with me, it had concerns that the company was seeking an administrative member of my California staff potentially, to provide the Chinese government’s information,” Feinstein said in a statement earlier this month. “He was not a Snitch, or a spy, but someone who thought a foreign intelligence service, it could recruit.”
Feinstein said that the FBI “reviewed the matter” and “shared his concerns”. The employee was then immediately out of your office. Feinstein claimed that the employee had “never had access” to classified or confidential information.
“The FBI informed me of any compromise of national security information,” she said.
Graham is not the only member of Congress to complain about the FBI’s approach for the two cases. The senator pointed to a Fox News report from earlier this month, where House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., made a similar statement.
“The defensive briefing, like the one that Senator Feinstein, is a typical response to such situations,” Nunes said in a statement to Fox News. “The refusal of the Trump campaign is a defensive briefing, and instead of the opening of a vast counter-intelligence investigation of American citizens, is one of many alarming way that the intelligence for executives dramatically from the usual procedure in your trump campaign investigation.”
Graham pressed to reveal the FBI, the specific Protocol for the instruction of politicians, and campaigns on the “potential espionage threats” over the last 10 years, and pushed for an answer why the Bureau Trump treated differently than Feinstein.
Graham is also the requirement of information is what defensive briefings, if any, were given to the Trump, or his campaign, when concerns about his employees.
A retired FBI special agent and the former national speaker who has served in the Bureau during the period, the Feinstein investigation, but not specifically on the case, John Iannarelli, told Fox News that the procedure could have been different, based on the narrow scope of Feinstein’s accusations.
“The Feinstein investigation was very tight, in the sense of who her target was, considering that the Trump investigation seems to be much wider,” Iannarelli told Fox News.
He also suggested that the FBI familiar Feinstein with the information.
“If you are conducting a public corruption investigation, if you are looking for someone who will work for the official but have nothing to show that the official is involved, they can inform to prevent the officials that the investigation will not be damaged,” he said.
Earlier this month, the FBI’s opinion is not rejected, why Trump was the same kind of briefing as Feinstein when the investigation began, and when the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act were guaranteed the opposite side.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.