Trump insisted last year that he didn't fire FBI Director James Comey because of the Russia investigation, despite video and documentary evidence to the contrary, according to several USA TODAY stories at the time.
The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, appointed Mueller shortly after Comey’s firing in May 2017 to lead the investigation into Russian meddling and ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
President Trump’s actions so alarmed the FBI after James Comey’s firing that it began investigating if he was working on behalf of Russia
James Comey was fired because hes a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the FBI.
Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.McCabe declined to comment through a spokeswoman.No evidence has emerged publicly that Trump was secretly operating as a Russian agent, but a number of his top associates including Flynn and his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort have been indicted and pleaded guilty to Russia-linked crimes.
#BREAKING: Law enforcement officials were so concerned with President Trump’s behavior after James Comey’s filing that they began investigating whether he was working on behalf of the Russians.
And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.
Citing unnamed former law enforcement officials, the paper reported Friday that in the days after the president fired the former FBI director James Comey, law enforcement officials were so worried about Trump’s behavior that they began investigating whether the president was working against American interests and on behalf of Russia.
Top FBI officials became so concerned by President Trumps actions in the days before and after he fired James Comey that they opened an investigation into whether he was secretly working for the Russian government against U.S. interests, according to a report Friday.The explosive probe, launched by U.S. law enforcement brass after Trump axed Comey as FBI director in May 2017, was picked up by Robert Mueller upon his appointment as special counsel later that month, multiple people familiar with the matter told The New York Times.It was not clear whether Mueller has continued the investigation as part of his inquiry into whether Trumps campaign conspired with the Kremlins interference in the 2016 election.A spokesman for Muller declined to comment.The FBI probe reportedly had a separate component that Mueller is publicly known to be pursuing still: whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey.The President explicitly admitted in a TV interview after Comeys firing that he moved to boot the FBI chief at least in part because of this Russia thing a reference to the bureaus nascent investigation into Russias pro-Trump meddling in the 2016 election.Law enforcement officials reasoned that if Trump had booted Comey to stop the Russia probe, it would be a matter of national security if it prevented the U.S. intelligence community from learning the full extent of the Kremlins attack on teh election, the sources said.Federal officials grew increasingly concerned and moved toward opening a probe after the President privately asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him and then asked the FBI director to end a probe into Michael Flynn, Trumps former national security adviser who has since pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Russians, the sources said.The final straw prompting the FBI probe was was Trumps interview with NBC News two days after Comeys firing.I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it, Trump said in the interview.
The revelation, which the White House called "absurd" in a late-evening statement, suggests that the FBI 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.
BREAKING: In the days after Trump fired James Comey as FBI director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by Trump’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests. #TrumpColluded
Its an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they shouldve won.The White House pushed back against the latest twist in the swirling Trump-Russia saga.This is absurd, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
The decision to investigate Trump himself was an aggressive move by FBI officials who were confronting the chaotic aftermath of the firing of Mr. Comey and enduring the president’s verbal assaults on the Russia investigation as a “witch hunt,” the Times reported.
Counterintelligence investigators were reportedly considering whether Trump’s actions constituted a national security threat, an extraordinary line of inquiry against a sitting US president.
I spent almost 10 hours with James Comey in closed session last year and there were major elements of the Russia investigation he wasnt at liberty to discuss, but we could tell he found them deeply troubling. This helps explain why.
Mueller took over the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation after being appointed, the New York Times reported, just days after it was first opened.
The New York Times reports that in the days after President Trump fired then-FBI Dir. James Comey, the FBI opened an inquiry into whether the president had been secretly working on behalf of Russia
The justification went beyond Trump's firing of Comey, CNN said, according to its sources, and included the President's conversation with Comey in the Oval Office asking him to drop the investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
(July 18) AP Federal counterintelligence agents began an investigation of Donald Trump last year that aimed to find out whether the president had a clandestine agenda to help Russia, the New York Times and CNN reported Friday.