White House Responds to Bombshell NYT Trump-Russia Report: 'This Is Absurd'

Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention in Washington U.S

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".

FBI agents and senior officials began to suspect connections between Trump and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign but pushed off an investigation partially because they were unsure how to execute such a massive and sensitive operation, sources told the Times.

FBI agents were "alarmed" by Trump's behavior and chose to investigate whether the president "was knowingly working for Russian Federation or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence", the Times said, citing former intelligence agents and others familiar with the investigation. "But the president's activities before and after Mr. Comey's firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russian Federation investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said".

In a phone interview Giuliani, who is a member of Trump's legal team, told the news outlet that the team should be able to check the conclusions of the report, which is now in its 20th month. They cited Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a controversy that many believe helped Trump defeat the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election.

She went on to say that Trump has "actually been tough on Russian Federation", unlike former president Barack Obama.

"The fact that it goes back a year and a half and nothing came it that showed a breach of national security means they found nothing", said Rudolph Giuliani, a lawyer for the president.

Trump and his allies have repeatedly criticized Mueller's investigation, calling it a "witch hunt" and questioning the political motivations of his investigators.

The report says no evidence has publicly emerged that Trump was in contact with or took direction from Russian officials, and FBI officials refused to comment on the alleged investigation.

The investigation was one part criminal, into possible obstruction of justice, and one part counterintelligence, looking into possible national security concerns, the Times reports.

Special counsel Robert Mueller took over the personal investigation of Trump when he was appointed soon after Comey's firing. Federal Bureau of Investigation spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

National security attorney Bradley Moss wrote that it was "arrogantly moronic" to think "the subject of an investigation gets to "correct" prosecutor's findings".

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