FBI probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russia


Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were so concerned about Donald Trump's behaviour that they investigated whether the USA president was working on behalf of the Kremlin, a report in the New York Times has said, citing former law enforcement officials.

A report from the New York Times cites unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

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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.

The Times reported Friday that the probe looking into whether Trump was working for Russian Federation was later folded into Mueller's investigation.

President Trump said he was unaware of Mr. Whitaker's past statements about Mr. Mueller's probe and that he would "not get involved" if Mr. Whitaker moved to curtail it.

The White House has described The New York Times story as absurd.

The ex-FBI director told a congressional hearing that Mr Trump told him "I expect loyalty", and pressured him to end an inquiry into the president's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

The officials told the newspaper that after Comey was sacked in May 2107, they become concerned when Trump tied the firing of Comey to the Russian Federation investigation.

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Trump continues to insist that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation, while also dismissing the intelligence community's assertion that Russian Federation indeed interfered in the 2016 election.

Mueller is believed to be investigating whether Comey's firing and other actions amount to obstruction of justice by the president.

At least three different congressional committees, including the Senate Intelligence Committee, have also been probing various aspects of Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

"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".

United States President Donald Trump is not new to investigations, be it over his reported affairs or tax evasion allegations.

"Of course we have to see (the report) before it goes to Congress", Giuliani said.

She went on to say that Trump has "actually been tough on Russian Federation", unlike former president Barack Obama.

Mr. Trump submitted his written answers to Mr. Mueller in November after months of negotiation between his legal team and the special counsel team.