Trump Uses Parkland Mass Shooting to Attack FBI for Russia Investigation

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He also took time to exploit the tragedy on Twitter, insinuating that the FBI was too distracted by its Russian Federation investigation to stop the 19-year-old shooter, who legally purchased the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle used in the massacre at a local gun shop.

Trump was last seen publicly Friday night when he visited the Florida community reeling from a school shooting that left 17 dead and gave rise to a student-led push for more gun control. "Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" the president said on Twitter.

The White House has vehemently denied collusion with Russian Federation.

The tweets come after Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Robert Mueller announced he was indicting 13 Russians and three Russian companies in relation to interference in the 2016 presidential election. There is no evidence the FBI's protocol failure was caused by the Russian Federation investigation.

The sweeping indictment describes an unprecedented campaign by Russian Federation to influence the election, affirming the longstanding conclusions of the United States intelligence community.

Trump has on several occasions, however, questioned whether Russian Federation was behind efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. "This is not acceptable", Trump said in a Tweet shortly after 11 p.m.

Hogg was responding to the president's tweet on Saturday that Democrats had not passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate.

Trump spent the weekend in South Florida, only an hour's drive from Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were fatally shot last week.

"Just ignore all that", Hockley said.

While little is so far known about these 13 Russians or how successful they could have or could not have been, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement criticizing NBC news and other outlets for reaching. Was the Parkland shooting preventable?

"Oh my god. 17 OF MY CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS ARE GONE AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO MAKE THIS ABOUT RUSSIA???!".

We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on January 5.

"On behalf of myself and the over 1,000 employees of the Miami field office we truly regret any additional pain that this has caused", Robert Lasky, the special agent who heads the FBI's Miami office.

Florida governor Rick Scott has called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign.

But the attack, the 18 school shooting this year alone, has also renewed calls for greater gun control with several survivors leading the charge.

"The people in the government who are voted into power are lying to us", Gonzalez said.

The FBI's missteps have raised questions about whether it could have prevented the shooting. Do not assume someone else will step up - all of us must be vigilant.

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