White House blasts report saying Federal Bureau of Investigation probed whether Trump worked for Russian Federation

12 January, 2019, 11:38 | Author: Carlos George
  • Amid probes White House lawyers prepare defense of Trump’s executive privilege

Image: Screenshot of President Trump telling NBC's Lester Holt he fired Comey because of Russian Federation.

Sanders issued the statement on Friday night.

Comey, who was sacked in May 2017, had opened an FBI investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and whether the Kremlin officials colluded with the members of Trump's team.

The Times also reported that "some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped" in opening an investigation into that angle.

FBI investigated US President Trump for possible secret Russian favours, reports say.

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

The report says no evidence has publicly emerged that Trump was in contact with or took direction from Russian officials, and FBI officials refused to comment on the alleged investigation.

"Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia", Sanders said.

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It added the criminal portion related to Trump's firing of Comey.

National security attorney Bradley Moss wrote that it was "arrogantly moronic" to think "the subject of an investigation gets to "correct" prosecutor's findings".

Trump has, however, denied of having any collusion with the Russians and repeatedly criticised the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and views it as a stain on the legitimacy of his presidency.

"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", Giuliani told the paper.

In response to the events, according to the Times, the FBI began investigating whether Trump was a secret Russian agent.

Friday's remarkable report is sure to ramp up the pressure for a White House already feeling the heat from months of investigations.

The entire investigation was taken over several days later when special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election as well as possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

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