Federal Bureau of Investigation 'examined whether Trump was threat to national security'

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

Last night the New York Times published a bombshell story uncovering the fact that the FBI had launched a counterintelligence investigation to determine whether President Donald Trump was "working for Russia" following his firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May of 2017.

"The idea that's contained in The New York Times story that President Trump was a threat to American national security is silly on its face and not worthy of a response", Pompeo told "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan for an interview to air Sunday.

The bill's Republican sponsors don't believe that Trump will try to fire the special counsel. The Times pinpoints two specific instances that jump-started the inquiry: a letter Trump penned to Comey (and never sent) that mentioned the FBI's investigation into Russian Federation, as well as an NBC News interview days after Comey's firing in which Trump seemed to suggest he fired Comey over the Russian Federation probe.

Comey appeared to respond to the attack by the president on Saturday, tweeting a famous quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made".

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Trump continued to claim that he has been "far tougher" on Russian Federation than his predecessors.

Two days after Trump dismissed Comey in May 2017, he told NBC News anchor Lester Holt that he was going to fire Comey regardless, "knowing there was no good time to do it", but was thinking of the Russian Federation investigation when he chose to dismiss him.

According to Trump, "the FBI was in complete turmoil ... because of Comey's poor leadership" and the way he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server to send some government emails.

Among Russiagate's devout faithful, the report was treated as an earth-shattering revelation that reinforced their core dogma - i.e., that Donald Trump is a Kremlin agent installed in the White House by Vladimir Putin to destroy democracy.

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"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.

In this image released by ABC News, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey appears at an interview with George Stephanopoulos during an April 15, 2018 prime time '20/20′ special on the ABC Television Network. It has since been handed off to special counsel Robert Mueller.

It was already known that the FBI had opened an obstruction of justice investigation into Trump over Comey's ouster, but the counterintelligence investigation had not been reported.

The report may also raise new questions for congressional investigators probing Russian meddling.

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As for Manafort, two pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarchs were the intended recipients of United States polling data that Manafort admitted to sharing with a Russian during the 2016 presidential race, CNN reported.

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