President Donald Trump listens intently to a reporter ask him a question at a press conference held on the Lotte Palace Lodge through the UN Common Assembly. (Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com)
A U.S. Home of Representatives committee will look into a newspaper report that the FBI investigated whether or not President Donald Trump has been working on behalf of Russia, towards U.S. pursuits, the panel’s Democratic chairman stated on Saturday.
The New York Occasions reported that the probe began within the days after Trump fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Might 2017 and stated the agency’s counterintelligence investigators had to think about whether Trump’s actions constituted a attainable menace to national safety.
Trump rejected the Occasions piece in a late Saturday night time interview on Fox News as “probably the most insulting article I’ve ever had written” and lashed out at Comey and the FBI in half a dozen tweets.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler stated his panel “will take steps to raised perceive both the president’s actions and the FBI’s response to that conduct” in coming weeks. He additionally stated lawmakers would seek to protect investigators from the president’s “increasingly unhinged attacks.”
“There isn’t a cause to doubt the seriousness or professionalism of the FBI, as the president did in response to this story,” Nadler, a New York Democrat, stated in a press release.
“We have now discovered from this reporting that, even in the earliest days of the Trump administration, the president’s conduct was so erratic and so concerning that the FBI felt compelled to do the unprecedented – open a counterintelligence investigation into a sitting president,” Nadler stated.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff stated he couldn’t touch upon the specifics of the report, but stated his committee would press forward with its probe of Trump’s contacts with Russia.
“Counterintelligence considerations about these related to the Trump marketing campaign, together with the president himself, have been on the heart of our investigation because the beginning,” stated Schiff, a California Democrat.
Schiff stated conferences, contacts and communications between Trump associates and Russians, as well as “the online of lies about those interactions, and the president’s personal statements and actions,” have heightened the need to comply with the proof the place it leads.
Trump took notes from his interpreter made throughout a 2017 assembly with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg and took other steps to conceal details of their conversations, a report in the Washington Publish stated on Saturday.
Trump denied on Fox Information that he was holding something beneath wraps on his face-to-face meetings with Putin.
The New York Occasions stated FBI officers turned suspicious of Trump’s ties to Russia in the course of the 2016 presidential marketing campaign, however held off on opening an investigation until Trump tied his dismissal of Comey to a probe into allegations of election…