The FBI has opened an inquiry into whether Donald Trump was working for Russians in the days after the American President fired James B Comey in 2017 as the top investigative agency's director, according to a report.
The first was a draft of the letter Trump wanted to send Comey informing him of the firing, which the Times reports mentioned the Russian Federation investigation. They also sought to determine whether the president was knowingly working for Russian Federation.
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The report cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.
The president's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani said that nothing came out of the investigation, but admitted that he did not know much about it.
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Just under a year later, Trump tweeted that Comey wasn't fired over the Russian Federation investigation.
In the interview President Trump said he probably would not agree to a sit-down interview with Mr. Mueller, who also is investigating whether the Republican President's campaign conspired with Moscow and whether President Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.
Agents and senior FBI officials had grown suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. The Times said it was unclear whether Mueller was still pursuing it. American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russian Federation was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the campaign that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential effort.
Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and NY.
In a statement reported by NBC News' Geoff Bennett, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blasted The Times report as "absurd". "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", said press secretary Sarah Huchabee Sanders.