Trump Lashes Out at FBI After NYT Report on Russia Inquiry

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US President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on border security in the Cabinet Room of the White House January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Later, at the same G-20 summit, Trump and Putin spoke at a banquet with only Putin's interpreter present.

Tweeting in response, Comey quoted former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made".

"We have learned from this reporting that, even in the earliest days of the Trump Administration, the President's behavior was so erratic and so concerning that the FBI felt compelled to do the unprecedented-open a counterintelligence investigation into a sitting President and his possible cooptation by a hostile foreign government", said Nadler in his statement.

"If the president knowingly puts himself in the room with Vladimir Putin again, fails to read out his team again on what happened, you have to imagine that Bob Mueller is going to be looking into the intent and motivations behind those actions", she speculated.

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Contacted by Fox, U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, confirmed his questions to former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker uncovered the claims, some of which were first reported Friday by the New York Times.

At the same time the FBI opened a probe into President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey, counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Trump in a series of angry tweets on Saturday lashed out at the report. All have been frequent targets by right-wing media outlets that claim that the so-called "deep state" to working to undermine Trump's presidency.

US counterintelligence investigators attempted to assess whether Trump's actions constituted a possible threat to national security, and agents also tried to determine whether Trump was knowingly working for Russian Federation or had unknowingly come under Moscow's influence, the Times reported.

CNN reported last month that the dismissal set off a flurry of activity by Rosenstein and top Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

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The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

The New York Times said FBI officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign, but held off on opening an investigation until Trump tied his dismissal of Comey to a probe into allegations of election meddling by Russian Federation. "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation". It is also significant because the investigation had run for 10 months and included a surveillance warrant on a trump campaign aide.

Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russian Federation sought to install through what United States intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.

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