FBI investigated Trump's Russian Federation ties after Comey firing

FBI investigated Trump's Russian Federation ties after Comey firing

FBI investigated Trump's Russian Federation ties after Comey firing

The FBI in May 2017 opened an inquiry into whether Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia, The New York Times reports.

The White House and Federal Bureau of Investigation did not immediately return requests for comment from The Hill on Friday night.

In the interview President Trump said he probably would not agree to a sit-down interview with Mr. Mueller, who also is investigating whether the Republican President's campaign conspired with Moscow and whether President Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani said the legal team of President Donald Trump has the right to vet any final report from special counsel Robert Mueller. But the evidence so far shows a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communication.

Two days after Trump dismissed Comey in May 2017, he told NBC News anchor Lester Holt that he was going to fire Comey regardless, "knowing there was no good time to do it", but was thinking of the Russian Federation investigation when he chose to dismiss him. "Campaigns leak polling data all the time", Giuliani said, before decrying the focus on the investigation as a "joke" and "total mockery" that "only happens because 75 percent of the press hates Trump".

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

The entire investigation was taken over several days later when special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election as well as possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Trump and his allies have offered a series of changing explanations for his decision to fire Comey, which has complicated investigators' effort to determine his intent.

Mr Trump has also repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russians.

The Mueller investigation is set to continue to cast a cloud over the White House: a judge has given an extension to the secret grand jury empanelled in the probe, extending its original 18-month mandate.

The report, published late on Friday, cites unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. An FBI spokeswoman and a spokesman for the special counsel's office both declined to comment. Ultimately, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe took the extraordinary step of opening an obstruction of justice investigation even before Mueller was appointed, sources told CNN.

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