White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders hit back after the New York Times dropped a bombshell on Friday night claiming that the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened up a probe into whether or not President Donald Trump may be working for the Russians.
The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security, and they also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.
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.
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The firing of Comey was reportedly used as justification for the investigation being opened, but FBI agents had already been concerned about the president's ties to Russian Federation, the Times reported. Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, thinks the President's legal team should have the opportunity to "correct" the document...
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They were also motivated by his reported statements during a May White House meeting with visiting Russian officials that he had fired Comey because "he was insane, a real nut job".
According to the Times, FBI officials also opened a counterintelligence investigation around the time of Comey's firing, after officials were alarmed by comments Trump made suggesting Comey's firing was due to the original Russian Federation investigation.
She went on to say that Trump has "actually been tough on Russian Federation", unlike former president Barack Obama. American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russian Federation was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the campaign that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential effort.
But it held off on opening an investigation until the president sacked Mr Comey, who refused to swear his allegiance and roll back the nascent Russian Federation investigation, which is now being spearheaded by Mr Mueller.
The Times reported that FBI investigators looked into whether Trump's actions could be considered a threat to national security.
An anonymous source told CNN that Trump's comments raised enough concern that they started investigating him.