TUCSON – Frank Figliuzzi is a former Assistant Director for counterintelligence at the FBI.
“There’s no question that this is perhaps the brightest day of the Trump Presidency so far,” Figliuzzi said.
He spent 25 years at the FBI and worked alongside Robert Mueller.
Figliuzzi tells News 4 Tucson’s Eric Fink, he’s surprised by Mueller’s decision to let Attorney General William Barr make the call on whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice.
“He’s allowed Congress to say I see a window of opportunity here because you, sir, did not exonerate him,” Figliuzzi said. “Has Bob Mueller made himself exhibit A as a potential witness in front of Congress having to explain why he chose to do it that way.”
President Trump tweeted Sunday: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019
“We’ve got to call out whenever he’s misstating the facts and he’s done it in this one statement today and that is this not a total exoneration with regards to obstruction,” Figliuzzi said. “We’re going to see a protracted battle over redactions and how full a report we can actually get our hands on, I think that’s coming next.”
This former FBI official believes there are big unanswered questions with regards to counterintelligence.
“Was our president, is our president compromised by Russia?,” Figliuzzi asked. “Can he remain a neutral and objective decision maker when it comes to Russia? “I believe we’re only going to get into those when we see a full declassified report handed to the American public.”
Figliuzzi says President Trump will use this as leverage as he prepares to go into his re-election campaign.
“He’ll call it complete vindication and exoneration even when it’s not,” he said. “And we’ll see him appeal to his base and say that this was a groundless investigation, I am the victim here and now I am the victor and we’ll see that going well into the 2020 election.”