President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S presidential election, drawing sharp criticism for saying an excessive focus on Russia led investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly school shooting in Florida.
Trump lashed out on Twitter Saturday night and said the agency “missed all of the many signals” sent by the 19-year-old gunman in the Florida school shooting.
Trump argued that they are “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.” said Trump.:
“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!” Trump said on Twitter.
Following the horrific Valentine’s Day shooting at a Florida high school, it was reported that the FBI had received a tip last month that the suspect had a “desire to kill”. It was also said that Nikolas Cruz had access to guns and was plotting a possible attack.
However, on Friday it was announced that the agency failed to investigate the tip. The FBI’s failure to take action resulted in a rebuke from their head, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott also called for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign.
Republicans have been criticizing the FBI following the mass shooting. Their arguments include the FBI’s refusal to charge Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. GOP members are also bashing the FBI due to what they believe are signs of bias in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Trump’s tweets are the latest sign of rising tension between Republicans and the FBI.