‘FBI probed Trump as work­ing for Rus­sia’

The Jerusalem Post - - FRONT PAGE - • By ALON EIN­HORN

The FBI opened an investigation into whether US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was se­cretly work­ing on be­half of Rus­sia sev­eral days af­ter Trump fired the bureau’s di­rec­tor James Comey, The New York Times has re­ported.

The re­port of the in­quiry pub­lished in the Times was based on the tes­ti­monies of for­mer US law agents and oth­ers in­volved in the case.

“The in­quiry car­ried ex­plo­sive im­pli­ca­tions. Coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence in­ves­ti­ga­tors had to con­sider whether the pres­i­dent’s own ac­tions con­sti­tuted a pos­si­ble threat to na­tional se­cu­rity,” the Times re­ported.

Trump re­sponded on Twit­ter, be­gin­ning his com­ments by say­ing that the Times was “fail­ing.” He then said that those who ini­ti­ated the in­ves­ti­ga­tions – mostly for­mer FBI leaders he said he fired for “very bad rea­sons” – did so with “no rea­son and no proof” in re­sponse to his fir­ing of Comey.

The pres­i­dent did not stop there. He then be­gan at­tack­ing Comey per­son­ally, claim­ing, “Ev­ery­body wanted him fired, Repub­li­cans and Democrats alike.”

He con­tin­ued at­tack­ing the for­mer FBI di­rec­tor by say­ing the “FBI was in com­plete tur­moil” when Comey was lead­ing it, and even said that Comey “was a crooked cop.”

Even­tu­ally, Trump claimed, he has “been FAR tougher with Rus­sia... maybe than any other Pres­i­dent.” Trump said he hoped that the US “will have good re­la­tions with Rus­sia again.”

(Leah Millis/Reuters)

US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump speaks about bor­der se­cu­rity with Sher­iff Bunny Welsh from Chester County, Penn­syl­va­nia, at the White House on Fri­day.

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