Law enforcement officials in the USA reportedly became so concerned about President Donald Trump's behaviour after he sacked FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russian Federation.
"This is absurd", Sanders said.
Wittes points out that by firing James Comey, Trump may have obstructed a counterintelligence investigation into Russian Federation. "James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack", Sanders said, according to NBC.
Experts immediately reflected on the landmark nature of the story, coming as it has after two years of reporting about Trump associates' interactions with Russians and their attempts to cover them up; Trump's solicitous behavior toward Putin, despite the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian hackers, under Putin's direction, had interfered in the 2016 election; and Trump's repeated public rejections of that assessment, including his refusal to implement sanctions against Russia that were near-unanimously passed by Congress.
"The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice".
Trump also tweeted Saturday that "getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing" while arguing that he's been "FAR tougher on Russian Federation than Obama, Bush or Clinton".
"Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude". "There would have to be wide agreement to move forward on this".
She added, "Let's be reasonable, let's not, you know, throw the kitchen sink at this because he's probably not going to be elected, and so then we don't have quite as horrific a national security threat than if we do if he gets elected".
The Times said it was not clear if the counterintelligence part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry was still being pursued. After a long investigation that included, he says, a wiretap and FBI informants inserted at his side, he was never charged with collusion. Eventually, Trump claimed he has "been FAR tougher with Russia.maybe than any other President".
House judiciary committee chairman Jerrold Nadler said his panel "will take steps to better understand both the president's actions and the FBI's response to that behaviour" in coming weeks. 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. The information was made available when Manafort's defense lawyers submitted a legal brief with botched redactions.
The billionaire was sanctioned in April and has ties to President Vladimir Putin.