Donald Trump Fondly Recalls Firing 'Total Sleaze' James Comey

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In fact, the article states there is no evidence to support the theory.

The Times reports that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn't launch an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the sources. "In the face of those lies, a whole lot of good people... believe that nonsense", Comey told reporters in the halls of the US Senate on December 17.

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The FBI investigation was subsequently folded into the broader probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible collaboration by the Trump campaign.

Friday's New York Time's report said the intelligence officials had to consider whether the president's actions had constituted a "threat to national security". Agents were also tasked with determining whether Trump "knowingly work [ed] for Russian Federation or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence".

Mueller, meanwhile, has issued dozens of indictments and steadily chalked up convictions of some of the president's close associates - including his former national security advisor, his former personal lawyer, and his ex-campaign chief.

But the association of some of his aides with Russian interests and his own surprisingly-friendly behavior towards Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign, even as it became clear that Russia was launching an attack on the core exercise of American democracy, raised alarms in the US intelligence community.

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The context was this: two weeks after Mr. Strzok opened an investigation on July 31, 2016, into the Trump campaign on suspicion of colluding with Moscow, he messaged Ms. Page that, "there is no way he gets electedbut I'm afraid we can't take that risk".

The implications of the New York Times story certainly aren't good for the President, as it appears to confirm the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation thought that Trump possibly could have been acting as an agent of a hostile foreign power during his presidency.

Trump himself took to Twitter to mock the report.

Trump also wrote that those who initiated the investigations, mostly former FBI leaders he has fired for "very bad reasons", did it with "no reason and no proof" as a response to his firing of Comey.

The White House said in a statement that the notion that Trump was in bed with Russian Federation makes little sense, given the administration's hardline policies directed at Moscow. "Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia", Sanders said in a statement.

The probe later expanded into whether Trump committed a felony crime of obstruction of justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

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