Trump rages about FBI's reported probe into Comey's firing

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In what appears to be a last-ditch Russiagate Hail Mary, the New York Times breathlessly reported on Friday - of course, citing people 'familiar with the investigation' - that the FBI began looking into whether the president was a covert Kremlin agent, after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

Asked to comment on the report, Pompeo dismissed such an idea.

It wasn't until Comey's May 2017 firing, when Trump appeared to connect Comey's ousting to the Russian Federation probe, that counterintelligence investigators looked into whether Trump posed a national security threat.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, the president lashed out at the "Amazon Washington Post" over continuing reports of chaos in the White House, the "failing New York Times", and the FBI for opening up an investigation on him "for no reason & with no proof". "Everyone wanted him fired, Republican and Democrat alike", Trump tweeted.

In the string of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump accused Comey of "rigging" and "botching" the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, and said that his "poor leadership" of the Clinton case put the FBI "in complete turmoil".

According to the Times, FBI officials also opened a counterintelligence investigation around the time of Comey's firing, after officials were alarmed by comments Trump made suggesting Comey's firing was due to the original Russian Federation investigation. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

"Funny thing about James Comey".

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Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani downplayed the report's significance, claiming that investigators found "nothing" that proved Trump was a threat to national security.

"This is a big deal when you think about the president of the United States being under FBI investigation", Campbell added.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also called the reporting "absurd". The Times previously reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mr. Mueller rather than keeping the Russian Federation probe in-house, talked of wearing a wire when he met with the president.

"But the president's activities before and after Mr. Comey's firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russian Federation investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said".

The counterintelligence angle comprised of deciding if Trump was intentionally or unconsciously working for Moscow and whether he was a danger to national security, the paper revealed.

After his dismissal, Trump faced accusations of obstruction of justice, which loudened after he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe the following year.

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

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