Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russian Federation

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Friday's New York Time's report said the intelligence officials had to consider whether the president's actions had constituted a "threat to national security".

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

In an interview with The Hill published Friday, Giuliani expressed his disdain with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his worry that the report might reflect badly on his client, President Donald Trump.

"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", he said. They cited Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a controversy that many believe helped Trump defeat the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election.

The White House immediately pushed back against the report, calling the insinuations of working for Russian Federation "absurd" and pointed to the administration's record toward Russian Federation.

The ex-FBI director told a congressional hearing that Mr Trump told him "I expect loyalty", and pressured him to end an inquiry into the president's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

The decision to investigate Trump himself was an aggressive move by FBI officials who were confronting the chaotic aftermath of the firing of Mr. Comey and enduring the president's verbal assaults on the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt," the Times reported.

This is the first time a sitting USA president has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of acting as an agent for a hostile foreign power.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani dismissed the alleged investigation as baseless, pointing out that no evidence has publicly emerged in the 20 months since to support the idea that Trump is a secret Russian agent.

"I think we have wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is probably, we're finished", President Trump said, though he added "I can change my mind". The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, appointed Mueller soon after Comey's firing in May 2017 to lead the investigation.

However, the President's supporters have said that he was indicating that he knew the timing of the firing might look bad, but chose to move forward with it anyhow because there was nothing behind the Russian collusion allegations.

Trump continues to insist that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation, while also dismissing the intelligence community's assertion that Russian Federation indeed interfered in the 2016 election.

"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. She also disputed that Trump had ever been soft on Russian Federation.

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