WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.
The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.
The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
Commentary by The Secular Jurist: This is a bombshell, folks. Think about it for a moment. The nation’s top law enforcement agency and the president’s own justice department had sufficient reason to investigate Trump for being a traitor! Such a decision would never be made lightly or without convincing evidence.
Shortly after the president fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, Trump wrote a letter to Comey – which was never delivered – referring to the Russia investigation. Trump then made the same reference in a televised interview with Lester Holt. Trump also met privately a few days later with the Russian Ambassador and Russian Foreign Minister in the White House where he bragged about getting rid of Comey. These three incidents all contradict the president’s publicly stated reason for firing Comey.
When Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel, he took over this FBI investigation of the president. Its status is not publicly known to date.