Key Republican to ask Federal Bureau of Investigation about report of Trump counterintelligence probe

Blanche Robertson
January 14, 2019

Pirro brought up the topic during a wide-ranging interview, saying, "New York Times reported that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation the day after you fired James Comey in may of '17".

President Donald Trump listens as he leads a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein has said that he's been told that special counsel Robert Mueller's report will show how President Donald Trump helped Russian Federation "destabilize the United States".

The report of the inquiry published in the New York Times was based on the testimonies of former United States law agents, and others involved in the case.

In their message to Trump, the chairmen of the Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight committees say: "Our nation's laws prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress". It is also significant because the investigation had run for 10 months and included a surveillance warrant on a trump campaign aide.

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that Trump has repeatedly sought to hide his interactions with Putin, often one of the main US adversaries in worldwide affairs.

But it held off on opening an investigation until the president sacked Comey, who refused to pledge allegiance to Trump and roll back the nascent Russian Federation investigation.

"If you ask the folks in Russian Federation, I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other. probably any other president, period, but certainly the last three or four presidents".

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Speaking Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Warner accused the Trump White House of being slow to implement the sanctions. Trump also wrote that those who initiated the investigations, mostly former FBI leaders he has fired for "very bad reasons", did it with "no reason and no proof" as a response to his firing of Comey.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., defended the president, who he said was "burned earlier by leaks of other private conversations". US intelligence agencies have said Moscow tried to tip the election to Trump. He says Deripaska himself and any companies he controls remain under sanctions.

According to the story, Trump's actions included "taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials", such as former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

Schumer, however, contends the Russian oligarch maintains significant influence on these companies, including the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal.

The Times said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

"In fact, when I was sacked as director, I still didn't know whether there was anything to it", Comey said in testimony, according to the transcript.

His former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for campaign finance and fraud crimes while his campaign chief Paul Manafort was convicted of financial fraud. "I mean, it's so ridiculous", he told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, without directly denying the Post story.

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