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Trump blasts Comey as 'total sleaze' in response to FBI probe reports

Trump blasts Comey as 'total sleaze' in response to FBI probe reportsThe president goes on a tweetstorm in response to New York Times report of a Russia-related FBI investigation of Trump last year.



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FBI 'probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russia after Comey firing'

FBI 'probed whether Donald Trump secretly worked for Russia after Comey firing'The FBI secretly launched an investigation into whether Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia while in office, according to an explosive report by The New York Times.  The decision was said to have been taken after Mr Trump fired James Comey, the FBI director leading the Russia election meddling investigation at the time, in May 2017.  FBI agents had been weighing up the move for months but decided to act when Mr Trump linked the firing to the relief it would bring from the Russia probe, according to the paper.  The move would have put the FBI in an extraordinary position – having to consider whether the US president himself posed a national security risk to the country he was leading.  The investigation reportedly was only a few days old when Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to take over the Russia investigation. It is unknown whether he is still pursuing that line of inquiry.   Former FBI Director James Comey, with his attorney, David Kelley, far right, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Credit: AP   Mr Trump on Saturday morning sent six tweets hitting out at the Russia probe. Referencing the New York Times article, the US president said FBI leaders had launched the investigation “for no reason and with no proof”.  The reported decisions date back to the chaotic days in Washington DC after Mr Trump fired Mr Comey just four months into his presidency.  The investigation into Russian election meddling – which included whether Trump campaign figures had conspired with the Kremlin – was already up and running, being led by the FBI.  Mr Trump reportedly wanted to reference Mr Comey’s handling of the Russia investigation in the letter announcing his dismissal. The US president also made the connection in a TV interview, saying “this Russia thing” was a reason he acted.    Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at FBI headquarters Credit: AP   Those two events convinced FBI leaders that they had to investigate whether Mr Trump was knowingly working for or unwittingly being influenced by Moscow, according to The New York Times.  As well as investigating whether Mr Trump has committed obstruction of justice in firing Mr Comey – a criminal offence – the bureau looked into whether he was a national security threat, which is a counterintelligence matter, the paper reported. Mr Mueller’s appointed as special counsel around a week after Mr Comey’s firing meant that the FBI handed all aspects of its investigation over to his team.  Rudolph Giuliani, a lawyer for Mr Trump, played down the significance of the investigation to The New York Times, saying: “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.”  Mr Trump tweeted:  Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019 Mr Comey wrote later on Saturday morning:  “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” — FDR— James Comey (@Comey) January 12, 2019



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Sanders Lashes Comey For 'Corruption' After He Slams Spineless GOP On 'Lying' Trump

Sanders Lashes Comey For 'Corruption' After He Slams Spineless GOP On 'Lying' TrumpWhite House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders launched a scathing,



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James Comey: If Trump Weren't President He'd Be 'In Serious Jeopardy' Over Cohen

James Comey: If Trump Weren't President He'd Be 'In Serious Jeopardy' Over CohenJames Comey, the former director of the FBI, speculated Sunday that if



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James Comey: Russia investigation started with four Americans with ties to Trump, Russia

James Comey: Russia investigation started with four Americans with ties to Trump, RussiaIn a closed-door meeting with members of two Congressional committees, former FBI Director James Comey provided new insight into the origins of the Russia investigation



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Comey Rips Panels For Grilling Him On 'Whole Lotta' Clinton Emails, 'For Heaven's Sakes'

Comey Rips Panels For Grilling Him On 'Whole Lotta' Clinton Emails, 'For Heaven's Sakes'Former FBI Director James Comey complained Friday that members of the House



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Comey Scheduled to Testify to Congress on Friday

Comey Scheduled to Testify to Congress on FridayFormer FBI director James Comey will reportedly testify to Congress in a closed-door hearing on Friday. The news comes after months of back-and-forth between Comey and the House Judiciary Committee, which had issued a subpoena requesting that Comey testify in a private hearing. The former FBI director expressed a wish to testify publicly and initiated a brief legal battle over the subpoena, accusing Committee Republicans of intending “to mislead the public and to undermine public confidence in the FBI and the DOJ,” by selectively leaking bits of testimony from his private testimony.



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Ex-FBI head Comey drops challenge to House panel subpoena

Ex-FBI head Comey drops challenge to House panel subpoenaComey agreed to sit down for a closed-door deposition on Friday. Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee pledged to provide Comey with a full transcript within 24 hours of his testimony, and he will be permitted to “make any or all of that transcript public,” Comey’s lawyer David Kelley told Reuters in a statement. In addition, a representative from the FBI will attend to help advise Comey on what matters related to the bureau he may divulge.



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Comey Ends His Subpoena Fight, to Speak Behind Closed Doors

Comey Ends His Subpoena Fight, to Speak Behind Closed DoorsComey had sued to block the summons last week, contending that the sealed testimony would be leaked and distorted by Republicans for political purposes. Early on Sunday, two days after Comey’s attorney conceded in court that no federal trial judge had ever batted down a House subpoena, the former Federal Bureau of Investigations chief — who was fired by President Donald Trump in 2017 — withdrew his request.



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Comey resists closed-door Congress interview on FBI actions

Comey resists closed-door Congress interview on FBI actionsWASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI chief James Comey said Thursday he will resist a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee Dec. 3 unless that happens publicly because House Republicans will distort anything he says behind closed doors.



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