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PoliticsTrump calls report on FBI probe of him 'most insulting'

07:05  13 january  2019
07:05  13 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Saturday called "most insulting" a published report that federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about his behavior in the days after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they opened an investigation into whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests.

The New York Times report Friday cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

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The New York Times reported that the probe began in the days after Trump fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Trump responded on Saturday by lashing out at the Times and former FBI leaders, and criticized the agency's earlier probe of Democrat Hillary Clinton

Trump reacted Saturday during a telephone interview broadcast on Fox News Channel after host Jeanine Pirro asked whether he is currently or has ever worked for Russia.

"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked," he said. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing."

Trump went on to say that no president has taken a harder stance against Russia than he has.

"If you ask the folks in Russia, I've been tougher on Russia than anybody else, any other ... probably any other president, period, but certainly the last three or four presidents."

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

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NYT: After Trump fired Comey FBI counterintelligence-intelligence became so concerned by the The report also raises questions about whether Comey was being entirely truthful when he testified As one political pundit observed, the Times' story raises more questions about the FBI than it does

Trump and some Republican lawmakers say the material will prove that anti- Trump bias fatally tainted the early stages of the Russia probe that’s now being run In addition to the search warrant on Page, Trump ordered declassification of FBI reports on interviews concerning Page as well as reports of

The Times reported 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 unnamed officials. But Trump's behavior in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing as FBI director, 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, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times 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.

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President Trump said FBI employees are on his side, and are "disgusted" by what they've learned about how the agency's leaders worked against him. "The rank and file of the FBI are great people who are disgusted with what they are learning about Lyin' James Comey and the so-called 'leaders' of the FBI," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "Twelve have been fired or forced to leave. They got caught spying on my campaign and then called it an investigation. Bad!" The New York Times reported last week that the FBI investigated whether Trump was working for Russia after he fired former FBI Director Comey.

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