FBI investigated Trump's Russian Federation ties after Comey firing

Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention in Washington U.S

Former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation told the Times that Trump's firing of Comey in May 2017, only months into his presidency, sparked such concern amongst counterintelligence officials that they investigated if he was a national security threat secretly working on behalf of Russian Federation.

Federal counterintelligence agents began an investigation of US President Donald Trump previous year that aimed to find out whether the president had a clandestine agenda to help Russian Federation, the New York Times and CNN reported Friday.

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The reporter also clarified, as per the Times' report, that the investigation was later taken on by Mueller when he was appointed in the days following Comey's firing. It is unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence matter, and some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped in opening it.

Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general under President Obama, wrote that any Trump attempts to hide parts of the report from the public would be defeated in court.

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McCabe, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director, meanwhile, was sacked in March ahead of his planned retirement following a bombshell report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz that claimed McCabe lied to investigators and his then-boss Comey at least four times, three of them under oath.

The inquiry took two modes: agents weighed if the president's decision to fire Comey could be considered a threat to national security, and if the firing had a criminal aspect, constituting obstruction of justice.

"What we're reporting tonight is the investigation initially ... was much bigger than that was looking that question of Trump's ties to Russian Federation", the reporter added. Mueller is reportedly also investigating whether the president tried to impede the investigation into any role Russian Federation played in the election. There are reports that the special counsel's probe could wrap up as soon as next month. "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", said press secretary Sarah Huchabee Sanders.

"I have no concerns about Cohen at all because I can prove with very little effort that he is a total, complete and absolute liar", Giuliani said.

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