FBI reportedly investigated whether Trump was a secret agent for Russian Federation

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders responded quickly to a Friday New York Times report claiming that President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey led officials to begin investigating "whether he had been working on behalf of Russian Federation against American interests".

The sources noted that Trump's own admission that he fired Comey in May 2017 over his refusal to end the investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation was one of the motivations for the probe into the president's personal ties to Moscow. Trump has repeatedly called the Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt".

On May 11, 2017, Trump told NBC, "when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".

They were also motivated by his reported statements during a May White House meeting with visiting Russian officials that he had fired Comey because "he was insane, a real nut job". "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", said press secretary Sarah Huchabee Sanders. Baker privately testified in October before House investigators who were examining the FBI's handling of the full Russian Federation inquiry, it said.

United States President Donald Trump is not new to investigations, be it over his reported affairs or tax evasion allegations.

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The bureau struck a counterintelligence investigation into the matter after Trump fired director James Comey, the Times reported, citing ex-law enforcement officials and others who were familiar with the probe.

"CNN journalists observed Fabrizio leaving the special counsel's office on the first of February previous year and have since confirmed he was meeting with Mueller's team".

The FBI director's firing is central to an obstruction of justice investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is also looking into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election in order to help Trump. He maintained Mueller's investigators should first give the report to Trump's lawyers for review. Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in August 2018 was convicted of financial crisis and later pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the USA and conspiring to obstruct justice.

Friday's remarkable report is sure to ramp up the pressure for a White House already feeling the heat from months of investigations.

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