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FBI opened inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia

  • 11 January 2019
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FBI opened inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia
Shortly after US President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in 2017, the FBI launched an inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russia, The New York Times reports.
According to the Times, Comey's firing caused such concern among law enforcement that officials began probing if Trump was a threat to national security or secretly carrying out anti-American agendas on behalf of Russian officials.
The White House and FBI did not immediately return requests for comment from The Hill on Friday night.
In a statement reported by NBC News' Geoff Bennett, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blasted The Times report as "absurd."
"James Comey was fired because he's a disgraced partisan hack," she said, according to NBC.
"Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia."
Comey’s firing in 2017 is a focal point of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump attempted to obstruct the probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump and his allies have offered a series of changing explanations for his decision to fire Comey, which has complicated investigators’ effort to determine his intent.
The firing of Comey was reportedly used as justification for the investigation being opened, but FBI agents had already been concerned about the president’s ties to Russia, the Times reported.
The Russia investigation was taken over by Mueller when he was appointed special counsel.
“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,” president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times for its report.
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