Trump Legal Team Should Be Allowed to Correct Mueller's Final Report - Giuliani

Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention in Washington U.S

FBI officials were so alarmed by President Donald Trump's firing of Director James Comey and other behaviors that they opened an investigation into whether the president had been working against us interests on Russia's behalf, The New York Times reported Friday.

The FBI launched an investigation to probe if President Donald Trump was working for Russian Federation following his sacking of FBI Director James Comey shortly after taking office, the New York Times reported.

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

Robert Mueller, who was appointed as the special counsel after Comey's firing, then took over the investigation in regard to Russian election interference. It's not clear how far the FBI's probe progressed before Mueller took it over.

They were also motivated by his reported statements during a May White House meeting with visiting Russian officials that he had fired Comey because "he was insane, a real nut job".

Comey's firing, rather than ending the Russian Federation investigation, led directly to the appointment, over Trump's objections, of Mueller, another former FBI director, to take over the Russian Federation probe.

FBI agents and senior officials began to suspect connections between Trump and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign but pushed off an investigation partially because they were unsure how to execute such a massive and sensitive operation, sources told the Times.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that White House counsel Pat Cipollone is gearing up by hiring 17 new lawyers to the team to prepare to "prevent President Trump's confidential discussions with top advisers from being disclosed to House Democratic investigators and revealed in the special counsel's long-awaited report". Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen the Mueller case, reportedly hopes to stick around until that report is filed.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he didn't know of that probe while also downplaying it. Trump has repeatedly called the Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt".

"Of course we have to see (the report) before it goes to Congress", Giuliani said.

"This is absurd. James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the FBI", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

The Times reported that FBI investigators looked into whether Trump's actions could be considered a threat to national security.

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