White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has denounced a New York Times report that the FBI launched an investigation into whether President Trump had been working on behalf of Russian Federation when he fired James Comey as director of the bureau in May 2017.
The counterintelligence aspect consisted of determining whether Trump was knowingly or unknowingly working for Moscow and whether he was a threat to national security, the newspaper reported.
The FBI director's firing is central to an obstruction of justice investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is also looking into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election in order to help Trump.
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The Times reports that it's unclear if the Mueller team is still on the counterintelligence angle, and that former law enforcement officials believe that the agents who opened it may have overstepped their bounds.
The president's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani said that nothing came out of the investigation, but admitted that he did not know much about it.
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According to a report from the New York Times, in May 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began to investigate if Trump was working - actively, or unknowingly - on behalf of the Kremlin while in office.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times' report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".
"Mueller's team met with pollster Tony Fabrizio in February 2018, an interview that has not been previously reported and takes on new significance after Manafort's attorneys revealed Tuesday that Mueller's team is still interested in how Manafort shared polling data with his Russian intelligence-linked colleague".
Giuliani also attempted to downplay the Democratic investigations in the House as lawmakers prepare to dig into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian operatives. "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", said press secretary Sarah Huchabee Sanders.
Just under a year later, Trump tweeted that Comey wasn't fired over the Russian Federation investigation.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Comey was sacked for just cause and that Trump has never favoured Russian Federation. He maintained Mueller's investigators should first give the report to Trump's lawyers for review.