By Tom McCutcheonSeptember 21, 2018, 6:02:15AMPresident Donald Trump tweeted on Friday morning that he had found the “smoking gun” in the FBI’s investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
In a tweet, the president, who has previously said he is not going to indict any members of his campaign team, called the probe into the Russian cyberattacks “a major story” that could ultimately lead to impeachment.
The White House said Trump will “soon” announce a “full review” of the FBI probe, but he also noted the FBI investigation is not over.
The president also pointed to the discovery of new evidence, including “a new and very significant piece of information that will ultimately lead us to a conclusion about the role of the Russian government in the hacking of our election,” he said.
A source close to the investigation told NBC News that the new piece of evidence comes from documents that were recovered from the home of Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.
The documents were discovered during an unrelated criminal investigation.
Trump, who had previously insisted that Russia was responsible for the hacks, tweeted that the revelation of the new evidence was “very significant.”
The White, House and the FBI have been working closely together to develop and share information related to the case, and the president called it “a big story.”
“This new evidence is very significant and will have far-reaching implications,” he tweeted.
“We have great confidence in the team and the results of their investigation, and I will soon release my full review of the investigation.”
The FBI is investigating whether the Russian hacking effort targeted Democrats and Republicans and whether Trump associates colluded with them, and whether the Trump campaign colluded.