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Investigators have to consider if Trump's own actions constituted a possible threat to the national security, the paper reported on Friday.

Just under a year later, Trump tweeted that Comey wasn't fired over the Russian Federation investigation.

Over the last 96 hours, we've learned that not only was campaign chairman Paul Manafort sharing polling with a Russian official linked to the country's intelligence service during the course of the 2016 campaign, but also that special counsel Robert Mueller's office spoke with Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio.

The Times reported that FBI investigators looked into whether Trump's actions could be considered a threat to national security. Jordan blasts Democrat for pursuing Trump impeachment on first day of new Congress MORE in 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russia, The New York Times reports.

The firing of Comey was reportedly used as justification for the investigation being opened, but FBI agents had already been concerned about the president's ties to Russian Federation, the Times reported.

While similar suspicious were raised even during his presidential campaign in 2016, officials said that the probe couldn't be carried out then as they did not really have a plan on how go about it considering how sensitive the issue was. "Campaigns leak polling data all the time", Giuliani said, before decrying the focus on the investigation as a "joke" and "total mockery" that "only happens because 75 percent of the press hates Trump".

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The Trump administration encountered similar pushback elsewhere on Tuesday, as United States allies pressed their own priorities. Bolton left the Turkish capital on Tuesday, leaving behind Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen.

The investigation the FBI opened into Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

"Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", the statement concluded.

Mr. Trump submitted his written answers to Mr. Mueller in November after months of negotiation between his legal team and the special counsel team. American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russian Federation was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the campaign that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential effort.

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

CNN reported that counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation.