On Friday, the New York Times released a bombshell report which said the FBI reacted to Donald Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey in May 2017 by opening an investigation into the president's ties with Russian Federation. Trump's official reason for firing Comey had to do with his handling of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's emails, but the President has made multiple references to the bureau's Russian Federation investigation surrounding his decision.
Comey spoke after a spurt of anti-FBI tweets from the president in December alleged that the investigative body abused its powers in probing his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Former law enforcement officials told the Times that the criminal aspect (whether Trump obstructed justice) and counterintelligence aspect (whether Trump was working covertly for Russia) of the investigation were combined into one inquiry because it would have been considered a national security threat if Trump had indeed ousted Comey to impede the Russian Federation investigation. "Everyone wanted him fired, Republican and Democrat alike", Trump tweeted.
According to Trump, "the FBI was in complete turmoil ... because of Comey's poor leadership" and the way he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server to send some government emails.
Law enforcement officials launched an investigation into whether the president was secretly working on Russia's behalf, according to The New York Times. The Times said it was unclear whether Mueller was still pursuing it.
Trump accused Federal Bureau of Investigation special counsel Bob Mueller and the Democrats of having "NO interest in going after the Real Collusion (and much more) by Crooked Hillary Clinton, her Campaign, and the Democratic National Committee".
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Trump, chose to respond to the reports on Twitter, beginning his comments by calling the New York Times "failing".
Mr Mueller was appointed within days of Mr Comey's firing.
The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation engaged in a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sway voters during the 2016 election, largely aimed at bolstering Trump's chances at the presidency.
Recent news reports and court filings suggest that Mueller may be nearing the end of his investigation, at which point he is supposed to turn over a confidential final report to the Justice Department.
"The fact that it goes back a year and a half and nothing came of it that showed a breach of national security means they found nothing", Giuliani said.
The criminal aspect concerned the president's sacking of Mr Comey, and whether it was an obstruction of justice.
"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".