Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Milley: FBI, not Trump, leaked details on Chinese investments

SALT LAKE CITY — Despite calls by Senate Republicans for the independent counsel to investigate leaks of details of an investigation into Chinese investment in the U.S., retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert M. Milley defended the FBI’s handling of the probe in a written statement Monday and downplayed any relationship between those leaks and President Trump.

“The FBI’s investigative procedures of a leak investigation are highly classified, although I am certain that all of our colleagues understand the constraints that I am under in sharing those procedures with you today. But I can say with confidence that these procedures do not compel me to share more information than is necessary to preserve the investigation,” said Milley, who was FBI Director James Comey’s right-hand man during investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, also pressed U.S. Attorney General William Barr on the leak on Monday.

“Isn’t it the prosecutor’s job to ensure that the investigation is not influenced by any political influence?” he asked.

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