FBI opened probe into whether Trump working for Russians

FBI opened probe into whether Trump working for Russians

Giuliani also attempted to downplay the Democratic investigations in the House as lawmakers prepare to dig into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian operatives. Was he working ... wittingly or unwittingly working on their behalf?

Comey's firing, rather than ending the Russian Federation investigation, led directly to the appointment, over Trump's objections, of Mueller, another former FBI director, to take over the Russian Federation probe. But the president's activities before and after Mr. Comey's firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russian Federation investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.

Days after that inquiry started, Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel and absorbed it into his own probe of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election, the Times said.

However, Giuliani hoping to "correct" the report is a legally dubious statement.

"James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack", Sanders continued, "and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The president's decisions and the firing of Comey prompted the agency to launch the inquiry.

Investigators were specifically looking into whether Trump's firing of Comey posed a national security threat as well as whether it was an obstruction of justice, considering the FBI's broader investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

United States President Donald Trump is not new to investigations, be it over his reported affairs or tax evasion allegations.

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shake hands.

Mueller is believed to be investigating whether Comey's firing and other actions amount to obstruction of justice by the president. "Campaigns leak polling data all the time", Giuliani said, before decrying the focus on the investigation as a "joke" and "total mockery" that "only happens because 75 percent of the press hates Trump".

His investigation has resulted in criminal prosecutions and indictments of several former Trump aides, including his ex-campaign chair Paul Manafort, ex-NSA Michael Flynn and former lawyer Michael Cohen, among others.

The Times said it was unclear whether Mr Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

Mr Trump, who has repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russian Federation, has frequently criticised the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt".

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