FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

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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. However, the FBI reportedly grew extremely concerned after Comey's firing as Trump himself seemed to hint that the director was let go due to the Russian investigation. However, what has not been made public is that law enforcement officials also sought to determine whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security, according to the Times.

Comey's firing led Rosenstein, who had recommended the move, to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate any links or coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

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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. In addition to the Comey dismissal in May 2017, the President had raised concern in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for comments he made to Russian officials in the Oval Office about firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director, according to the source familiar with the matter.

In a strongly worded reaction, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "This is absurd".

During the campaign, FBI officials were troubled by Trump's ties to Russia, and opened an investigation into the campaign in August 2016, two months after the Trump Tower meeting between campaign senior officials and Russian surrogates.

There is a debate over whether there would be interference into the inquiry, especially as the president's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, has criticized "overzealous prosecutors" conducting the investigation.

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Also fueling the FBI's concerns was Christopher Steele's "dirty dossier" of unsubstantiated allegations, which had been funded by Democrats but at that point was justifying probes across the Justice Department.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times' report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack". However, it is not known if he is still looking into the investigation against Trump.

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".

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