FBI Probed Whether Trump Was Working Against US Interests

12 January, 2019, 14:06 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention in Washington U.S

The source spoke to CNN after The New York Times reported Friday that law enforcement officials were so concerned they began investigating whether the President was working on behalf of Russian Federation against USA interests.

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.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump checks out sites in Moscow, Russia, for luxury residential towers in 1996.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller subsequently took over the investigation into Russian interference.

The Times said it was not clear if the counterintelligence part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry was still being pursued.

"The fact that it goes back a year and a half and nothing came of it that showed a breach of national security means they found nothing", he said. "We are going to learn that Donald Trump is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vladimir Putin", said former USA counterterrorism agent Malcolm Nance.

The White House on Friday night dismissed The New York Times report as "absurd".

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The probe later expanded into whether Trump committed a felony crime of obstruction of justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

According to the Times, senior FBI officials became suspicious of Trump and his alleged ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but decided not to pursue an investigation at the time.

He maintained Mueller's investigators should first give the report to Trump's lawyers for review.

That inquiry is part of Mueller's broader examination of how Russian operatives interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired with them.

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. "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".

However, the President's supporters have said that he was indicating that he knew the timing of the firing might look bad, but made a decision to move forward with it anyhow because there was nothing behind the Russian collusion allegations.

"Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", she said. There are reports that the special counsel's probe could wrap up as soon as next month.

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