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FBI probed whether Trump was Russian agent

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However, things got quite serious in 2017 when law enforcement officials reportedly became so suspicious of the president's behaviour that they launched an investigation to determine if Trump was, in fact, a Russian agent.

The revelation, which the White House called "absurd" in a late-evening statement, suggests that the Federal Bureau of Investigation felt Trump's firing of director James B. Comey in May 2017 was motivated by Russian interests and might constitute a threat to USA national security, the Times reported.

It was a tense time.

In a statement to press, Sanders called Comey a "disgraced partisan hack" and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe a "known liar".

The New York Times reports that law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump's behaviour in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russian Federation against United States interests.

Read the entire New York Times report here.

She went on to say that Trump has "actually been tough on Russian Federation", unlike former president Barack Obama. Investigators also had to ascertain whether the president was knowingly, or possibly unwittingly, under Russian influence.

Mr. Trump submitted his written answers to Mr. Mueller in November after months of negotiation between his legal team and the special counsel team.

"I think we have wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is probably, we're finished", President Trump said, though he added "I can change my mind". It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won, ' Trump continued.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Comey was sacked for just cause and that Trump has never favoured Russian Federation.

'And in fact, 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.

In the interview Sunday, President Trump was asked whether it was his final position that he would not do a sit-down interview and would not give written responses to questions relating to obstruction of justice.

The report casts pressure on the White House, which is already feeling the heat from months of investigations.

One of those biggest charges is onto Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes and arranging hush money payments to two women who claimed to have affairs with Trump before the 2016 election.

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