Federal Bureau of Investigation 'probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russian Federation after Comey firing'

Federal Bureau of Investigation 'probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russian Federation after Comey firing'

Federal Bureau of Investigation 'probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russian Federation after Comey firing'

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that White House counsel Pat Cipollone is gearing up by hiring 17 new lawyers to the team to prepare to "prevent President Trump's confidential discussions with top advisers from being disclosed to House Democratic investigators and revealed in the special counsel's long-awaited report".

"This is absurd", Sanders said.

Trump went on to insist he has been "FAR tougher on Russia" than his last three White House predecessors-"maybe tougher than any other president".

According to the Times, FBI officials also opened a counterintelligence investigation around the time of Comey's firing, after officials were alarmed by comments Trump made suggesting Comey's firing was due to the original Russian Federation investigation.

The Times cited anonymous former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation Friday who said counterintelligence investigators looked into whether "Trump was knowingly working for Russian Federation or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence".

One aspect of that investigation - whether Trump's firing of Comey represented obstruction of justice - has been previously reported.

"What we're reporting tonight is the investigation initially ... was much bigger than that was looking that question of Trump's ties to Russian Federation", the reporter added.

Josh Campbell, former special assistant to Comey who resigned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a year ago, told CNN on Friday that the Times' report is alarming because of the level of approval the counterintelligence inquiry required.

President Trump on Saturday morning called his firing of former FBI Director James Comey "a great day for America".

Trump was reportedly assessed to determine whether he was a threat to national security.

He did not explicitly acknowledge the existence of the investigation of Trump to congressional investigators.

"I acknowledge that", Giuliani said.

But according to the daily, the FBI investigation was taken over by the Special Counsel Robert Muller who has been tasked to investigate into the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

Former law enforcement officials told the newspaper that the criminal and counterintelligence elements of the investigation were combined because Trump's firing of the FBI director could constitute both a crime and a national security threat as it would hinder the agency's abilities to learn how the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election.

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