A bizarre theory has emerged on right-wing Twitter about why the FBI failed to look into the Florida shooter
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- Right-winger Twitter users have started theorizing that the FBI didn't have time to investigate tips about Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz because they were distracted by the Russia investigation.
- Donald Trump Jr. reportedly liked one tweet that espoused this unsubstantiated theory.
- FBI Director Christopher Wray pre-emptively poured cold water on claims like these on Tuesday with a cheeky comment during his Senate testimony.
- The FBI employs over 35,000 people. They run more than just a couple investigations at once.
Kurt Schlichter, a conservative columnist at Townhall, tweeted early Thursday morning that the FBI failed to follow up on multiple tips about the suspected shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, because they were too busy with the investigation into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.Advertisement
Less than 24 hours after the shooting stopped at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Wednesday, several prominent right-wing figures and journalists started pushing a theory about why the FBI failed to stop the massacre.
Trump's son, Donald Trump, Jr., reportedly liked Schlichter's tweet despite its highly speculative assertion, the according to the Washington Examiner.Schlichter was responding to an open question posed by conservative commentator and author Jack Posobiec, who then also jumped onboard the bandwagon to echo this theory.
Strzok and Page came under fire from Republicans because they espoused anti-Trump views in texts they sent each other. Strzok, who had been working on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, was removed from the investigation in July after Mueller learned of his political inclinations.According to the FBI's website, the agency employs about 35,000 people nationwide - Strzok and Page were but two agents working for the bureau.Advertisement
After Posobiec, right-wing journalist and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich, who infamously peddled the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy that claimed 2016 Democratic president nominee Hillary Clinton was running a sex ring out of a pizza parlor, also added his own two cents to the conversation.Advertisement
Despite the extensive media attention the Trump-Russia investigation has received, it is a myth that the entire FBI is only handling a handful of investigations - although the exact number cannot be known because ongoing investigations are classified, the bureau is likely conducting hundreds of probes simultaneously.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, whom Trump appointed after his dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, pre-empted the kinds of claims Posobiec, Cernovich, Schlichter, and others have been making on social media during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this week."Although you would never know it from watching the news, we actually have more than two investigations," Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday. "Every day - many, many, many times a day - I'm confronted with unbelievable examples of integrity and professionalism and grit. There's 37,000 people in the FBI who do unbelievable things all around the world."Advertisement
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