Trump slams re­port that FBI probed if he worked for Rus­sia

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

WASHINGTON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Satur­day an­grily re­jected a New York Times re­port that said the FBI opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2017 to de­ter­mine whether he worked, know­ingly or un­know­ingly, on be­half of Rus­sia.

The re­port said that in the days after Trump fired Comey as FBI di­rec­tor in May 2017, the agency be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the pres­i­dent had been work­ing on be­half of Rus­sia against Amer­i­can in­ter­ests.

The news­pa­per cited uniden­ti­fied law en­force­ment of­fi­cials and oth­ers fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

U.S. coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence in­ves­ti­ga­tors at­tempted to as­sess whether Trump’s ac­tions con­sti­tuted a pos­si­ble threat to national se­cu­rity, and agents also tried to de­ter­mine whether Trump was know­ingly work­ing for Rus­sia or had un­know­ingly come un­der Moscow’s in­flu­ence, the Times re­ported.

Trump has repeatedly de­nounced the FBI and Jus­tice De­part­ment.

“The cor­rupt for­mer lead­ers of the FBI, al­most all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad rea­sons, opened up an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on me, for no rea­son & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a to­tal sleaze!” the pres­i­dent tweeted. “My fir­ing of James B. Comey was a great day for Amer­ica. He was a Crooked Cop.”

The pres­i­dent also crit­i­cized fa­mil­iar tar­gets in­clud­ing spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller, who is in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble ties be­tween the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sia, and Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Trump con­cluded Satur­day by as­sert­ing that he’d been tougher on Rus­sia than for­mer U.S. pres­i­dents. Still miss­ing: Po­lice ar­rested 12 peo­ple al­leged to have been in­volved in the kid­nap­ping of an Amer­i­can in Costa Rica. Po­lice say a joint op­er­a­tion caught nine Costa Ri­can sus­pects Fri­day; three oth­ers were ar­rested in Spain. Wil­liam Sean Creighton Kopko was ab­ducted Sept. 24, 2018, in Costa Rica. He is still miss­ing.

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