Gayle King Asks Why FBI Didn’t Probe Possible Russian Ties to Trump Five Minutes After CBS Did Report on FBI Probing Russian Ties to Trump

• November 1, 2016 12:12 pm


CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King wondered Tuesday why the FBI had not investigated potential Russian ties to Donald Trump's campaign just five minutes after her show did a report on the FBI investigating potential Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

Co-host Norah O'Donnell reported on the New York Times article that came out Monday about the FBI's months-long investigation of Russia's role in the presidential campaign. It included looking into Trump advisers and potential financial connections with top Russian figures, and even a possible secret channel of communication between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank.

However, law enforcement officials said they found no ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The Russian hacking of Democratic emails, they said, appeared to be aimed at disrupting the election rather than helping Trump.

King did not appear to have heard O'Donnell's report or read the Times, based on her question parroting a Democratic talking point five minutes later to guest panelist John Heilemann.

"But does she have a point? Do they have a point in saying there's a double standard, that no one is really investigating the Russian claims against the Trump campaign?" she asked.

Charlie Rose seemed to gently correct her, while Heilemann said, "According to this reporting this morning, the FBI's apparently been investigating the Russian claim."

The left-leaning King, who is a Barack Obama donor, has indicated her political views before. She once said "we were all laughing" at the Republican Party during its tumultuous primary, told the show's panel in May that no one at a party she attended cared about Hillary Clinton's emails, openly pushed for gun control legislation, and absurdly claimed liberal that comedian Jon Stewart "made such an effort to be nonpartisan" on The Daily Show.