Federal Bureau of Investigation 'probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russian Federation after Comey firing'

President Richard Nixon bids farewell to the White House staff in 1974

One of the New York Times reporters who broke the bombshell story on the FBI's secret investigation into Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation after he fired James Comey explained how that probe differed initially from special counsel Robert Mueller's - and how it adds to what the public already knew.

The report cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump checks out sites in Moscow, Russia, for luxury residential towers in 1996.

The special counsel's team is investigating whether Russian Federation and the Trump campaign colluded during the 2016 presidential election and any obstruction of justice claims. The story says it is unclear whether Mueller is pursuing the counterintelligence case.

An American presidential campaign chairman handing over of internal polling data to a corporate associate of a foreign power is unusual, at best.

"This is absurd", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The FBI had grown suspicious of Trump's Russian Federation ties during the 2016 presidential election, but reportedly held off launching an investigation into the candidate personally, the Times reported.

President Trump told reporters at the White House Friday he had "very easily" completed his written answers for Mr. Mueller's investigation.

The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians.

Mueller is believed to be investigating whether Comey's firing and other actions amount to obstruction of justice by the president.

The claim, made in a telephone interview with The Hill on Thursday evening, goes further than the president's legal advisers have ever gone before in arguing they have a right to review the conclusions of Mueller's probe, which is now in its 20th month.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he didn't know of that probe while also downplaying it.

President Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow and has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt". "James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack and his deputy Andrew McCabe who was in charge of the time is a known liar fired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Rudolph Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers, also downplayed the significance of the investigation. "Unlike former president (Barack) Obama who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", the White House Press Secretary said.

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