Federal Bureau of Investigation probed Trump to determine if he was secretly working for Russian Federation

Federal Bureau of Investigation probed Trump to determine if he was secretly working for Russian Federation

Federal Bureau of Investigation probed Trump to determine if he was secretly working for Russian Federation

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.

The White House on Friday night dismissed The New York Times report as "absurd".

The New York Times, based on unnamed sources, said that such an investigation against Trump that was started by the FBI carried explosive implications, as the law enforcement agents sought to determine if the president was knowingly working for the Russians or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence.

The revelation, which the White House called "absurd" in a late-evening statement, suggests that the Federal Bureau of Investigation felt Trump's firing of director James B. Comey in May 2017 was motivated by Russian interests and might constitute a threat to U.S. national security, the Times reported.

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

Two days after Trump dismissed Comey in May 2017, he told NBC News anchor Lester Holt that he was going to fire Comey regardless, "knowing there was no good time to do it", but was thinking of the Russian Federation investigation when he made a decision to dismiss him.

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Rudolph Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers, also downplayed the significance of the investigation. She also disputed that Trump had ever been soft on Russian Federation.

President Donald said in a TV interview Sunday he would not intervene if Matthew Whitaker, his acting US AG, moved to curtail Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. They cited Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a controversy that many believe helped Trump defeat the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election.

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney, suggested that Trump's legal team should have the chance to "correct" special counsel Bob Mueller's final report in case it is "wrong".

Mr Trump, who has repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russian Federation, has frequently criticised the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt".

The Mueller investigation is set to continue to cast a cloud over the White House: a judge has given an extension to the secret grand jury empanelled in the probe, extending its original 18-month mandate.

"Our collective understanding, the public's understanding of the Trump investigation [and] the Mueller investigation of Trump, has been focused to the past year and a half on the question of criminal obstruction", NYT reporter Michael Schmidt explained to MSNBC's Chris Hayes after the report was published.

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