FBI reportedly investigated whether Trump was a secret agent for Russian Federation

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Was he working ... wittingly or unwittingly working on their behalf?

In a letter Trump planned to send Comey after his sacking he mentioned the Russian Federation investigation, and in an interview with NBC News days after Comey's firing he said he had sacked Comey because of "this Russian Federation thing".

The counterintelligence aspect consisted of determining whether Trump was knowingly or unknowingly working for Moscow and whether he was a threat to national security, the newspaper reported.

At the same time the FBI opened a probe into President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey, counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The FBI director's firing is central to an obstruction of justice investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is also looking into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election in order to help Trump.

They were also motivated by his reported statements during a May White House meeting with visiting Russian officials that he had fired Comey because "he was insane, a real nut job".

According to the Times, Trump at least twice linked his decision to fire Comey with the Russian Federation investigation, prompting counterintelligence officials to probe the president's actions.




Comey spoke after a spurt of anti-FBI tweets from the president in December alleged that the investigative body abused its powers in probing his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mr. Giuliani said the special counsel brought up possibly having follow-up questions, but Mr. Trump's lawyers said their client would not answer them.

"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 told the paper.

The Times reported Friday that the probe looking into whether Trump was working for Russian Federation was later folded into Mueller's investigation.

The allegation of the FBI opening a counterintelligence investigation into Trump may cause a further rift between the bureau and the president, who in the past has criticized the agency's senior leadership, alleging an anti-Trump bias. Mr Mueller was appointed within days of Mr Comey's firing.

The investigation the FBI opened into Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

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