The paper reported law enforcement officials became concerned after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017 and said the agency had to consider whether the president's actions constituted a possible threat to national security.
United States President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed to have a "plan" to end the partial government shutdown, warning at the same time that it could go on for "a long time" if the Democrats do not cooperate. This hasn't stopped the White House from devising a way to get the wall built if and when Trump presses the national emergency button.
About 800,000 federal workers missed their pay for the first time Friday - at least some receiving pay stubs for $0.00 - as unions sued the government for requiring their members to work without pay.
The House and the Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend, as the shutdown entered its 22nd day.
While declaring a national emergency is not completely off the table, Trump backed away from his threat Friday, saying he'd rather work it out with Congress. People close to the President said fears about a sharp backlash from lawmakers played a significant factor in this, despite Sen. A person familiar with White House thinking said that in meetings this week, the message was that the administration is in no rush and wants to consider various options.
Experts have said even though the president may have the authority to invoke powers under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, using it will nearly certainly bring on a court battle.
In the Democrats' weekly address, Representative Scott Peters, who represents a district in San Diego County, California, outlined border security measures such as radar and surveillance via drones, and said "let's re-open the government and talk about these ideas".
The standoff has turned into a test of political ego, particularly for Trump, who came into office boasting of his deal-making powers and making an aggressive border policy the keystone of his nationalist agenda.
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Some posted photos of their empty earnings statements on social media as a rallying cry to end the shutdown, a jarring image that many in the White House feared could turn more voters against the president as he holds out for billions in new wall funding.
"The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE." he tweeted.
The president also insisted he has a plan to end the shutdown, pushing back on a news report that he has no strategy for resolving the historic impasse.
An emergency declaration by Trump could break the stalemate by letting him use existing, unspent money to build the U.S. -Mexico border wall, without needing congressional approval.
Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican frontier presents major challenges, ranging from the hyper-violent Mexican drug trade to the plight of asylum seekers and poor migrants seeking new lives in the world's richest country.
Trump has told advisers he believes the fight for the wall, even if he never gets money for it, is a political win for him.
For the President, who visited the Texas border with Mexico last Thursday, the border situation amounts to an invasion by criminals. Only in recent days has he begun describing the problem as "humanitarian".
More certain is that while narcotics do enter the country across remote sections of the border, most are snuck through heavily guarded checkpoints in vehicles, the government's own Drug Enforcement Administration said in a 2017 report. We're all set. It's 100 per cent, and I'll have to do that, ' he said. "What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency".
The White House has suggested building the wall with steel rather than concrete as a key concession.