Fresh off a hospital visit to victims wounded in the Florida school shooting this week, President Donald Trump on Saturday night slammed the FBI, saying the bureau "missed all of the many signals” sent by the shooter because it was “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.”
Trump said on Twitter: “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!”
In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at a Florida high school which left 17 dead and 14 wounded, it was revealed that the FBI had been warned five months ago about the shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.
A video blogger on YouTube notified the FBI in September about an alarming comment on a video he'd posted. "Im going to be a professional school shooter," read the comment left by a user with the name Nikolas Cruz — the same name of the now-confessed shooter.
But on Thursday, the FBI agent in charge of the Florida shooting probe said the Bureau (make sure you're sitting down for the next part) could not identify the person who left the comment.
Yes, the FBI couldn't identify a YouTuber whose username was literally his REAL name. This is the same FBI which thinks the leaks of emails from the Democratic National Committee was somehow connected to "Russians" — and the same FBI that wiretapped officials on the Donald Trump presidential campaign.
The Bureau had received information about the comment last year, said Robert Lasky, the special agent in charge of the Miami division. But he said the tip did not include details that could have helped.
“No other information was included with that comment, which would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made that comment,” he told reporters. “The FBI conducted database reviews, checks, but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment."
Worse, the FBI received another tip just last month in which someone close to Cruz said that the troubled teen owned a gun and had talked of committing a school shooting. The tipster called an FBI hotline on January 5, and told the bureau that Cruz had a “desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts,” the FBI said on Friday.