Federal Bureau of Investigation feared Trump was working for Russian Federation

Federal Bureau of Investigation feared Trump was working for Russian Federation

Putin, Trump said at the press conference after their private meeting, "was extremely strong and powerful in his denial" of election interference.

On Sunday Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat and vice-chair of the Senate intelligence committee, said it was suspicious that Trump has "parroted" the policies of Putin.

Donald Trump has said he "couldn't care less" after a series of bombshell reports over the weekend shed further light on his relationship with Vladimir Putin.

"If the president knowingly puts himself in the room with Vladimir Putin again, fails to read out his team again on what happened, you have to imagine that Bob Mueller is going to be looking into the intent and motivations behind those actions", she speculated.

A U.S. House of Representatives committee will look into a newspaper report that the FBI investigated whether President Donald Trump has been working on behalf of Russian Federation, against U.S. interests, the panel's Democratic chairman said on Saturday.

Ratcliffe said he was surprised to read Friday's New York Times report, which quoted part of his Baker interview, and reported that after the Comey firing "law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior" that they began investigating whether Trump was working on behalf of Russian Federation.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, says his questions uncovered revelations that in May 2017 senior FBI leadership debated whether President Trump was directed by the Russian government to fire FBI Director James Comey. In addition to the Comey dismissal in May 2017, the President had raised concern in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for comments he made to Russian officials in the Oval Office about firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director, according to the source familiar with the matter.

Investigators have examined key episodes such as Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey and his fury over the recusal from the investigation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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"Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, nearly all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!", Trump tweeted.

USA counterintelligence investigators attempted to assess whether Trump's actions constituted a possible threat to national security, and agents also tried to determine whether Trump was knowingly working for Russian Federation or had unknowingly come under Moscow's influence, the Times reported.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

They discussed a range of options, including Rosenstein wearing a wire while speaking with Trump, which Rosenstein later denied. She also disputed that Trump had ever been soft on Russian Federation.

The Post notes that this behavior by Trump is not usual per past presidential standards.

Mueller has indicted 33 people, including members of Russia's GRU military intelligence, and chalked up convictions against some of the president's close associates.

Cohen will testify publicly before a House committee next month.

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