FBI Probed Whether Trump Was Working Against US Interests

FBI Probed Whether Trump Was Working Against US Interests

FBI Probed Whether Trump Was Working Against US Interests

Baker privately testified in October before House investigators who were examining the FBI's handling of the full Russian Federation inquiry, it said.

The White House has described The New York Times story as absurd.

FBI agents and senior officials began to suspect connections between Trump and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign but pushed off an investigation partially because they were unsure how to execute such a massive and sensitive operation, sources told the Times.

Comey spoke after a spurt of anti-FBI tweets from the president in December alleged that the investigative body abused its powers in probing his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. But the evidence so far shows a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communication.

However, sources tell the Times that two events raised alarm at the FBI that Trump had fired Comey in an attempt to stifle their investigation into possible Russian Federation election meddling.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times' report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

When the special counsel was announced on May 17, 2017, Robert Mueller took over the FBI's investigation, wrapping it into his larger pursuit of Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election.

Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and NY.

In a phone interview Giuliani, who is a member of Trump's legal team, told the news outlet that the team should be able to check the conclusions of the report, which is now in its 20th month. She also disputed that Trump had ever been soft on Russian Federation.

A bombshell New York Times report reveals President Donald Trump's own firing of Jim Comey as FBI Director sparked the Bureau to initiate a counterintelligence investigation to determine if the President of the United States was working on behalf of a hostile foreign power, namely Russian Federation.

On CNN, one of the reporters responded to the statement from the White House. In addition to the Comey dismissal in May 2017, the President had raised concern in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for comments he made to Russian officials in the Oval Office about firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director, according to the source familiar with the matter. The FBI's counterintelligence division handles national security matters.

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