Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly opened inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russian Federation

Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly opened inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russian Federation

A bombshell New York Times report reveals President Donald Trump's own firing of Jim Comey as FBI Director sparked the Bureau to initiate a counterintelligence investigation to determine if the President of the United States was working on behalf of a hostile foreign power, namely Russian Federation.

But Trump's activities prior to and in the aftermath of Comey's firing in May 2017 - in particular his linking of the firing to the Russian Federation investigation - helped spur the investigation's counterintelligence aspect, the Times reported.

"This is absurd", she wrote.

An American presidential campaign chairman handing over of internal polling data to a corporate associate of a foreign power is unusual, at best.

The Times reported that FBI investigators looked into whether Trump's actions could be considered a threat to national security.

CNN also reported that investigators are examining whether conflicting public statements by Trump and his team would be considered an attempt to obstruct justice.

Former FBI Director James Comey talks backstage before a panel discussion about his book "A Higher Loyalty" on June 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

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"I think we have wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is probably, we're finished", President Trump said, though he added "I can change my mind".

That interview was one of two instances that helped to prompt the FBI's investigation. Apparently, the bureau's knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting, and Trump's July 2016 press conference request - "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing - wasn't enough to pull the trigger on an inquiry".

Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate the Russian interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

They were also motivated by his reported statements during a May White House meeting with visiting Russian officials that he had fired Comey because "he was insane, a real nut job". The Times said it was unclear whether Mueller was still pursuing it.

The newspaper said it's not clear whether Mueller is still looking into that matter. Manafort allegedly lied to the Mueller investigation about all these actions.

The bill's Republican sponsors don't believe that Trump will try to fire the special counsel.

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