FBI began Trump's Russia ties probe after Comey firing - report

Politics 1/12/2019, 5:26 AM
FBI began Trump's Russia ties probe after Comey firing - report

The Federal Bureau of Investigations started a probe into the United States President Donald Trump's ties with Russia after the firing of former FBI director James Comey, the New York Times reported.

Allegedly, suspicions of the president's connections to Kremlin first arose during the 2016 presidential elections campaign, but they were not acted upon before Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation. The probe reportedly had two aspects to it. The criminal inquiry examined if the firing of Comey constituted obstruction of justice, while the counterintelligence one was aimed at determining whether Trump posed a threat to the national security, knowingly or unknowingly, sources told the NYT.

Since May 2017, the investigation into Russia's meddling into 2016 elections headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the probe. Recently, the special counsel stated Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort lied about sharing polling information with Russian intelligence.

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