Skip to comments.F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia
Posted on 01/11/2019 5:34:14 PM PST by springwater13
In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the presidents behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.
The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the presidents own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscows influence.
The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trumps ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the presidents activities before and after Mr. Comeys firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, took over the inquiry into Mr. Trump when he was appointed, days after F.B.I. officials opened it. That inquiry is part of Mr. Muellers broader examination of how Russian operatives interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates conspired with them. It is unclear whether Mr. Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence matter, and some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped in opening it.
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Trump was right all along. Revenge for firing Comey was the FBI starting investigations into every aspect of his life. WITCH HUNT
More recycled nonsense.
Anyone involved in this should be in gitmo. The fbi in this matter unless operating under the direction of the Congress was involved in an overthrow. That includes anyone who did anything in furtherance of it. Each day at gitmo one should be hung.
For crying out loud!
Democrat Vice President Al Gore was caught, CAUGHT!, with suitcases full of bribery cash from China!
Wheres the FBI on that investigation?
Says all we need to know about the FBI.
Oh well, now we know, and now we give them the respect they deserve.
To the good ones out there in the FBI, get to it....exterminate, exterminate the progressive vermin.
So when did the FBI open an “investigation” into the sale of 20 percent of our uranium by the crooked Clintons?
Overly used term....fake news
Silly nonsense and no one cares. It is boring beyond belief after hillary taking bribes from the Russians to sell them uranium so they can kill us all. What a joke. BUILD THE WALL!!
They are evil and insane.
Authors should be listed as Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt, and Nicholas Fandos.
You didn’t put the date on this article. Since they’ve been running the same stupid muh Russia story for two years, I had to go click on NY times to so how old this re-hashed crock is. I hate clicking on NY Times. Don’t ever do this again.
Buried in the ninth paragraph: “No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials.”
Our poor President, he's all alone.
The FbiDoj wanted Hillary.
They couldve written a four to five word article as above.
Yes, NY Slimes we know.
It’s called illegal spying. You’re participating in the seditionist coverup.
The whole “Russia” thing started over a joke Trump made as a candidate. This is outrageous in its stupidity.
“Mr. Trump had caught the attention of F.B.I. counterintelligence agents when he called on Russia during a campaign news conference in July 2016 to hack into the emails of his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump had refused to criticize Russia on the campaign trail, praising President Vladimir V. Putin. And investigators had watched with alarm as the Republican Party softened its convention platform on the Ukraine crisis in a way that seemed to benefit Russia.”
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