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Comey Firing Prompted FBI To Probe Whether Trump Was Secretly Working On Behalf Of Russia: NY Times

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Comey Firing Prompted FBI To Probe Whether Trump Was Secretly Working On Behalf Of Russia: NY Times





In the days after President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in early 2017, the FBI launched a secret inquiry into whether or not Trump was working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to a bombshell report by The New York Times.

Former law enforcement officials told the Times that agents and more senior FBI officials were suspicious of Trump’s ties to Russia during his 2016 campaign, but held off on opening an investigation because of the sensitive and potentially explosive implications that it came with.

It was only after Trump twice tied the firing of Comey to his desire to put an end to the Russia investigation that officials decided to launch an inquiry into “whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security,” per the Times.



FBI officials reportedly felt validated when it was later revealed that Trump had told Russian officials in the Oval Office, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” just days after the Comey firing.

“Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security,” the Times report noted. “Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.”





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