FBI Investigated Whether Trump Was Working For Russia

Amid probes White House lawyers prepare defense of Trump’s executive privilege

Concerned over President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, the FBI reportedly opened an investigation into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russian Federation, according to a New York Times report published Friday night.

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. Lines of inquiry pursued by investigators included whether Mr Trump was knowingly colluding with Russian Federation or unwittingly falling under the influence of the Kremlin.

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

Just under a year later, Trump tweeted that Comey wasn't fired over the Russian Federation investigation.

President Trump said he was unaware of Mr. Whitaker's past statements about Mr. Mueller's probe and that he would "not get involved" if Mr. Whitaker moved to curtail it.

"I don't know if there's any time in our lifetime or the history of the country where federal law enforcement looked down to the White House ... and thought the actions of the president might threaten USA national security".

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He also took a swipe at Commons Speaker John Bercow, who he said was "willing to frustrate the government at every opportunity". The first defeat limits the government's financial powers in the event of a no-deal departure.

"Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia", Sanders said.

What did the FBI supposedly investigate?

In the interview Sunday, President Trump was asked whether it was his final position that he would not do a sit-down interview and would not give written responses to questions relating to obstruction of justice.

Cell phone records show that Cohen was near Prague during the summer of 2016, supporting claims that he met there with Russian officials during the presidential election campaign, McClatchy news service has reported. "In the face of those lies, a whole lot of good people... believe that nonsense", Comey told reporters in the halls of the US Senate on December 17. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen the Mueller case, reportedly hopes to stick around until that report is filed. Trump has also repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russians.

Nonetheless, the inquiry has put some of the president's closest associates in the dock.

The investigation - a dual counterintelligence and criminal probe - was launched after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017, the Times said, citing anonymous sources.

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