Comey firing prompted FBI to probe whether Trump was working for Russia: NYT

Source: The Hill | January 11, 2019 | Brooke Seipel

Shortly after President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in 2017, the FBI launched an inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russia, The New York Times reports.

According to the Times, Comey’s firing caused such concern among law enforcement that officials began probing if Trump was a threat to national security or secretly carrying out anti-American agendas on behalf of Russian officials.

The White House and FBI did not immediately return requests for comment from The Hill on Friday night.

Comey’s firing in 2017 is a focal point of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump attempted to obstruct the probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump and his allies have offered a series of changing explanations for his decision to fire Comey, which has complicated investigators’ effort to determine his intent.

The firing of Comey was reportedly used as justification for the investigation being opened, but FBI agents had already been concerned about the president’s ties to Russia, the Times reported.

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