Part of the FBI's job description is to investigate things like President-elect Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia and doing so should not raise any flags, Sen. Tom Cotton said.
Cotton told the Washington Examiner, as the nation's top law enforcement agency, the FBI also acts as the domestic version of the CIA to conduct counter-intelligence stateside.
"The FBI is our counter-intelligence agency — domestically in the United States," said Cotton, who served in the Army from 2005-2009 and the Army Reserves from 2010-2013. "It is their long-standing custom to try to thwart those espionage efforts.
"The FBI would not be doing its job if it was not looking into claims by a hostile foreign power that it had compromising material — that it had other kinds of efforts to coerce or intimidate decision makers."
Cotton has served in the Senate since 2015, and before that he was in the House for two years. A current member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he accused the Obama administration of leaking the Trump-Russia allegations to the media.
"I suspect these leaks are not coming from our intelligence community but rather are coming from the West Wing, if you look at the pattern of the leaks," Cotton said. "It occurred in December and occurred last week when the report was delivered to the West Wing — and now this leak about what was briefed to Donald Trump."
It was reported Wednesday a former member of British intelligence was responsible for putting together the Trump dossier.
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