NEW YORK: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has opened a probe to ascertain whether Trump was working for Russians.
New York Times reported that the FBI has launched a probe into President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey.
The newspaper said that counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russia.
In addition to the Comey dismissal in May 2017, Trump had raised concerns in the FBI for comments he made to Russian officials in the Oval Office about firing his FBI director, according to the source familiar with the matter.
The source spoke to CNN after New York Times reported that the FBI was so concerned they began investigating whether Trump was working on behalf of Russia against US interests.
Rudolph Giuliani, the lawyer for Trump, was quoted by The Times as saying that the investigation seems to have gone nowhere. “The fact that it goes back a year and a half and nothing came of it that showed a breach of national security means they found nothing,” Giuliani said on Friday.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Comey was fired for just cause and that Trump has never favoured Russia. “This is absurd. James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the FBI. Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”