sunny.png
Wednesday April 1st, 2020 7:31PM

Report: FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump's behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests, The New York Times reported.

The report Friday cites unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security, and they also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russia or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.

The Times reports that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn't launch an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the sources. But Trump's behavior in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing, specifically two instances in which he seemed to tie Comey's ousting to the Russia investigation, helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the investigation, according to the newspaper.

Trump tweeted early Saturday that the report showed that the FBI leadership "opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof" after he had fired Comey.

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times that he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing." Trump has also repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russians.

  • Associated Categories: Local/State News, Politics, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Report: FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia
New York Times reports that law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump's behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests
10:51PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada
A Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse by her family has left Bangkok for asylum in Canada
10:45PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Rookie cop in Northern California 'ambushed' at crash scene
Authorities say a police officer who had been on the job only a few weeks was ambushed by a gunman who opened fire as she was investigating a three-car crash
10:43PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Los Angeles teachers strike still on as impasse declared
A massive teachers strike in Los Angeles is still planned for Monday after their union rejected a new offer from the nation's second-largest school district
9:43PM ( 1 hour ago )
Requests to bring in child brides OK'd; legal under US laws
Some victims of forced marriage say lax U.S. marriage laws and the lure of a U.S. passport are partly fueling petitions from men to bring child and adolescent brides to the country
9:39PM ( 1 hour ago )
GOP rejected Obama's executive reach, but accepts Trump's
President Barack Obama stunned Republicans when he bypassed Congress with executive powers to enact his agenda. Now as President Donald Trump proposes an end-run around Congress for the border wall, some Republicans uneasily cheer him on.
9:31PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Federal workers get $0 pay stubs as shutdown drags on
Families are making tough decisions as 800,000 federal employees miss their first paycheck Friday because of the government shutdown
7:40PM ( 3 hours ago )
Democratic Hawaii Rep. Gabbard running for president in 2020
Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has announced that she is running for president in 2020
7:33PM ( 3 hours ago )
As workers miss paychecks, shutdown set to hit record length
Federal workers get pay statements offering nothing but zeroes, the most tangible and painful sign yet of a three-week partial government shutdown that has paralyzed Washington and is sure to become the longest closure in U.S. history.
7:05PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online National News
GOP lawmakers sure disaster funds will not be used for wall
Republican lawmakers optimistic Trump administration would not use disaster money to fund border wall
5:44PM ( 5 hours ago )
The shutdown today: Federal workers receive $0 pay stubs
The shutdown today: Federal workers receive $0 pay stubs
5:07PM ( 5 hours ago )
Suspect shot at Oregon middle school; students safe
Police say a suspect has been shot at an Oregon middle school, but no students or teachers are injured
4:52PM ( 6 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Maduro foe says he's ready to replace the president
The head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress says that with the nation's backing he's ready to take on Nicolas Maduro's presidential powers and call new elections
8:52PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Government shutdown set to hit record length
The partial government shutdown is on track to become the longest closure in U.S. history as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans look for a way out of the mess
8:33PM ( 2 hours ago )
California governor brings personal touch, fresh focus
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has quickly jumped into governing the nation's most populous state
7:17PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada
A Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse by her family has left Bangkok for asylum in Canada
10:45PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Rookie cop in Northern California 'ambushed' at crash scene
Authorities say a police officer who had been on the job only a few weeks was ambushed by a gunman who opened fire as she was investigating a three-car crash
10:43PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Martin headed back to Dodgers in trade with Blue Jays
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto, days after Yasmani Grandal left for a deal with Milwaukee
10:43PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Fernando, Cowan rally Maryland past No. 22 Indiana 78-75
Bruno Fernando had a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 24 and Maryland used a second-half surge to rally past No. 22 Indiana 78-75
10:41PM ( 24 minutes ago )
SpaceX to lay off 10 percent of workforce to become leaner
SpaceX is laying off 10 percent of its roughly 6,000 workers, saying it needs to get leaner so it can succeed in enormous projects such as creating an interplanetary spacecraft
10:29PM ( 36 minutes ago )