FBI investigated Trump's Russian Federation ties after Comey firing

Marsha Scott
January 13, 2019

Last night the New York Times published a bombshell story uncovering the fact that the FBI had launched a counterintelligence investigation to determine whether President Donald Trump was "working for Russia" following his firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May of 2017.

The justification went beyond Trump's firing of Comey, according to the 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.

The president continued his critique of the story on Twitter by adding that "Everybody wanted him [Comey] fired, Republican and Democrat alike".

In the string of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump accused Comey of "rigging" and "botching" the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, and said that his "poor leadership" of the Clinton case put the FBI "in complete turmoil".

The president on Saturday also slammed familiar targets including Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who's investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Times said it was unclear whether Mueller was still pursuing it.

"My firing of James Comey was a great day for America", he wrote.

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.

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In a statement posted Friday night on Twitter by NBC News' Geoff Bennett, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the Times story "absurd", arguing that Trump "has actually been tough on Russian Federation".

The Times pinpoints two specific instances that jump-started the inquiry: a letter Trump penned to Comey (and never sent) that mentioned the FBI's investigation into Russian Federation, as well as an NBC News interview days after Comey's firing in which Trump seemed to suggest he fired Comey over the Russian Federation probe.

Trump accused Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Bob Mueller and the Democrats of having "NO interest in going after the Real Collusion (and much more) by Crooked Hillary Clinton, her Campaign, and the Democratic National Committee".

"This is a big deal when you think about the president of the United States being under FBI investigation", Campbell added.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times that he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing". Once Trump became President, his firing of Comey added to the puzzling circumstances of his ties to Russian Federation.

"The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice".

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