FBI probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russia

FBI probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russia

"This is absurd", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

"This is absurd", Sanders said.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times' report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

The White House has dismissed as "absurd" a New York Times report that said the Federal Bureau of Investigation probed whether U.S. President Donald Trump was working for Russian Federation.

It said officials considered both the possibility that the president was knowingly assisting Moscow and that he had unknowingly come under its influence.

Mr Trump has repeatedly denied collusion with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.

Days after that inquiry started, Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel and absorbed it into his own probe of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election, the Times said.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Mueller raised the possibility of follow-up questions but that the president's outside legal team told the special counsel before Christmas that Trump would not respond. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

More news: Setbacks for May as MPs debate Brexit before historic vote

FBI investigated US President Trump for possible secret Russian favours, reports say.

Trump fired back on early Saturday morning, slamming "the corrupt former leaders of the FBI" for opening an investigation on him after firing "total sleaze" Comey.

Mueller took over the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation after being appointed, The New York Times reported, just days after it was first opened.

The report casts pressure on the White House, which is already feeling the heat from months of investigations.

Baker privately testified in October before House investigators who were examining the FBI's handling of the full Russian Federation inquiry, it said.

The revelation, marking the first time a U.S. president has been investigated by his own intelligence services for acting for a foreign power against American interests, comes as the 18-month inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election nears its conclusion.

Giuliani also tried to shrug off the revelation accidentally made by former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort's lawyers in an unredacted court filing that Manafort had apparently shared internal campaign polling with a colleague with reported ties to Russian intelligence. "In the face of those lies, a whole lot of good people... believe that nonsense", Comey told reporters in the halls of the US Senate on December 17.

Related Articles