President Donald Trump asked Tuesday night for a closer look at Fox News' claims by the ex-combatant of an intelligence committee that the Hillary Clinton campaign had "strategic coordination" with the State Department to minimize the presence of clbadified information on her private email server.
"Charles McCullough, the respected [former] Intel Comm Inspector General, said the public was tricked with Crooked Hillary's emails," tweeted Trump. "E-mails endanger national security." Why are our deep state authorities not looking at this? Fixed and corrupt? "
In an exclusive interview with Fox News on Monday, the former Inspector General of the intelligence community Charles McCullough III said he suffered "personal backlash" for his search of the email investigation. McCullough said the Clinton campaign made it known that he would be fired if the Democratic candidate won the presidential election last year.
THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN PLANNED TO REDUCE AN EMAIL PROBE, OBAMA WATCHDOG SAYS
"I am aware that there was strategic coordination between the campaign [Clinton] the State Department, certain officials in the State Department, certain law firms of lawyers at [Washington D.C.] and people on Capitol Hill and I think he got bored in Podesta's emails, "McCullough told Fox News" Tucker Carlson Tonight. "
In January 2016, McCullough told Republican leaders about the Senate's intelligence and foreign affairs committees that emails beyond the "Top Secret" level pbaded through Clinton's unsecured personal server.
"The [intelligence] Agencies were quite unhappy with what was happening, they were not happy that their information was not protected as it should have been," McCullough told Fox News's Tucker Carlson. "… When we heard about this to begin with, that there was an unsafe server, frankly, we looked at each other and said:" Who does that? What rules apply to even that? "
McCullough has insisted that he was simply trying to do his job.
"As IG, you are not D [emocrat] you are not R [epublican] you are an I. You are an IG, those are the letters that matter to you," he said. "And then, obviously, what they resorted to was OK, this guy is just a pawn on the right, it's a squeak on the right and he attacks the messenger," and that's what happened. "
] Fox News & Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne and Cyd Upson contributed to this report.