A committee of the United States government will examine a news report stating that the FBI would investigate whether President Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia, against US interests.
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Comes after the New York Times reported that the probe began in the following days, when Trump fired James Comey as director of the FBI in May 2017.
said the investigators of the anti-counterfeiting agency had to assess whether the actions of Mr. Trump
The response of the president
The White House rejected the article of the Times as "absurd" and Trump hurled himself against the New York Times, Mr Comey and the FBI streaming tweets.
Tweet from realDonaldTrump: Wow, I learned in the Failing New York Times that the former corrupt leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for very bad reasons, have opened an investigation into of me, for no reason and with no proof, after firing Lyin 'James Comey, total crap!
Tweet from realDonaldTrump: … fun thing about James Comey. Everyone wanted him fired, republican and democratic in the same way.
Tweet from realDonaldTrump: …. the FBI was in complete turmoil (see NY Post) because of Comey's poor leadership and the way he managed Clinton's mess (not to mention his usurpation of the powers of Department of Justice).
Tweet from realDonaldTrump: ….. that is totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller, and the 13 Angry Democrats – who lose machines that have no interest in chasing Real Collusion
He added: "I was FAR more tough on Obama's Russia, Bush or Clinton, perhaps harder than any other President ".
"At the same time, as I have often said, going with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing, I expect that one day we will have good relations with Russia again!"
Mr. Comey went on Twitter on Saturday, offering a quote that he attributed to former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "I ask you to judge me from the enemies I've done."
The Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said the New York Times was unaware of the investigation.
Jerrold Nadler's committee will examine the allegations made in the New York Times report. (AP: J. Scott Applewhite)
What will the commission see?
House Judge Committee Chairperson Jerrold Nadler said his group "will take steps to better understand both the president's actions and the FBI's response to that behavior" in the coming weeks.
He also said that politicians will try to protect investigators from the president's "increasingly upsetting" attacks.
"There is no reason to doubt the seriousness or professionalism of the FBI, as did the President in reaction to this story," said Mr. Nadler, a New York Democrat.
"We learned from this report that, even in the early days of the Trump administration, the President's behavior was so erratic and so disturbing that the FBI felt compelled to do the unpublished [and ] open a "counterintelligence investigation" to a seated president. "
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he could not comment on the report's specifics, but said his committee would carry forward the his inquiry into the contacts of Mr. Trump with Russia.
"Counterintelligence concerns over those associated with Trump's campaign, including the president himself, have been at the core of our investigations since the beginning," Schiff said.
He said that meetings, contacts and communications between Trump's members and the Russians, as well as "the network of lies about those interactions, and the statements and actions of the President himself" have increased the need for an investigation .
The New York Times said that FBI officials became suspicious of Mr. Trump's ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
But he blocked the opening of a & # 39 investigation until Mr. Trump has linked Mr. Comey's dismissal to an investigation into Russia's allegations of electoral interference.
The FBI also assessed whether the dismissal of Mr. Comey's president was an obstacle to justice.
US special adviser Robert Mueller took over the Trump days after the FBI opened it. Russia denies trying to influence the elections.
The general investigation is examining Russian electoral interference and whether Mr. Trump's campaign was coordinated with the Russians.
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The report says the FBI spacecraft began a few days after Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey. (Reuters: Joshua Roberts / AP: Evan Vucci)
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