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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 06:18 PM

Comey Firing Prompted FBI Investigation into Whether Trump Was Working for Russia

President Donald Trumpís firing of FBI Director James Comey triggered an FBI investigation as agents feared the president was working on behalf of the Russian government, the New York Times reported late Friday, citing law enforcement and others familiar with the investigation.

This new reporting reveals that the investigation into Trump was much bigger than we knew and that it was two-pronged, with both counterintelligence and criminal components. The counterintelligence part was concerned with whether Trump, knowingly or unknowingly, was working as an agent of the Russian government against American interests. The criminal aspect of the probe regarded whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey.

ďNot only would it be an issue of obstructing an investigation, but the obstruction itself would hurt our ability to figure out what the Russians had done, and that is what would be the threat to national security,Ē former FBI general counsel James A. Baker testified to House investigators in October, according to the Times.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller inherited both parts of the investigation, which became his probe into Russiaís meddling in the 2016 election and Trumpís role in it.

While the bureau had decided not to investigate Trumpís Russia ties directly during the campaign, focusing on his associates instead, they did become suspicious when Trump exhibited behavior that seemed friendly to Russia. For example, during a press conference, Trump spoke directly to the camera and addressed Russia, asking them to hack Hillary Clintonís emails. The FBI also noticed Trump refused to criticize Russian leader Vladimir Putin and that the GOP softened and removed language from its platform supporting Ukraine, which Russia had recently invaded.


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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 06:21 PM

1. Duh. It was blatantly obvious.

Steele started his research on his own because it was obvious that Trump could be susceptible to blackmail.

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