Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was Central Intelligence Agency director at the time the investigation was launched, declined to comment on the New York Times report, but insisted in an interview with CBS that "the notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous".
It was a tense time. According to the newspaper, law enforcement officials were so concerned they began investigating whether the President was working on behalf of Russian Federation against U.S. interests.
"I'm in the White House, and majority are in different locations".
The FBI had also began looking into whether Mr. Trump had obstructed justice when he fired Comey, an aspect of the investigation that was already widely known.
Whatever the facts, Democrats are eyeing a major dust-up and a chance to spend floor time blasting President Trump over allegations of election conspiracy with the Russians, along with the opportunity to make GOP lawmakers take a vote either defending or implicitly condemning the president.
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".
But when Trump then tied Comey's firing to the Russian Federation investigation two separate times, the FBI opened the probe, the people said to the Times.
Robert Mueller inherited the obstruction of justice investigation when he was named special counsel shortly after Comey's firing.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., defended the president, who he said was "burned earlier by leaks of other private conversations".
He added that the question is "not worthy of a response".
The Justice Department inspector general concluded in a report previous year that Comey was grossly insubordinate in 2016 when he recommended against criminal charges in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, a responsibility that fell to his then-boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch. "They've actually gotten me wrong for many years before that".
CNN reported last month that the dismissal set off a flurry of activity by Rosenstein and top Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.
Manafort has denied lying to investigators about his dealings with the Russian, Konstantin Kilimnik, a political consultant with alleged intelligence ties, claiming he merely forgot details during the hectic campaign.
The House Republican would not further describe the contents of the Baker transcript but said it was clear, based on his direct questioning of Baker, that in May 2017 "FBI senior leadership could not accept Comey was sacked for cause and the president had the constitutional authority to terminate Comey". The inquiry started days after Trump fired the director of the FBI, James Comey.
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