President Donald Trump is claiming that no American president has been as “tough” on Russia as he has been, amid ongoing criticism of his Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (July 18)
Federal counterintelligence agents began an investigation of Donald Trump last year that aimed to find out whether the president had a clandestine agenda to help Russia, the New York Times and CNN reported Friday.
The revelation, which the White House called “absurd” in a late-evening statement, suggests that the FBI felt Trump’s firing of director James B. Comey in May 2017 was motivated by Russian interests and might constitute a threat to U.S. national security, the Times reported.
While the allegation of Trump’s possible collusion with the Russian government has been raised before, to date there has been no evidence.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, a lawyer for the president, was quoted by the Times as…