00:14 01/12/2019 | WE

Scott Morefield | Journalist

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reacted quickly to a report released by the New York Times on Friday, saying that President Donald Trump, dismissing his former FBI director, James Comey, had led the authorities to investigate on "if he worked on behalf of Russia against American interests".

According to the report:

Agents and senior F.B.I. Officials were suspicious of Trump's ties with Russia during the 2016 campaign, but were slow to open an investigation into him, residents said, partly because they did not know how to proceed with a campaign. investigation of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president's activities before and after Mr. Comey's dismissal in May 2017, in particular two cases in which Mr Trump linked the dismissal of Comey to the Russian investigation, helped to boost the counter-part. spying on the investigation, said people.

The FBI finally handed over the investigation to Robert Mueller after his appointment, and it is unclear whether or not the special attorney is pursuing the same investigation, according to the Times.

In a statement to the press, Sanders described Comey as "dishonest partisan hacker" and former deputy director, Andrew McCabe, of "known liar". (RELATED: White House strengthens council office as subpoena, Mueller report is imminent)

"James Comey was sacked because it was a disgraced hack of supporters, and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, who was at the head of that time, is a known liar who was fired by the FBI," the statement said. "Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign opponents force America, President Trump has been tough on Russia."

.@PressSec answer to @NY Times report that the FBI has opened an investigation into whether Trump was working secretly on behalf of Russia: pic.twitter.com/sAzRn7TIMJ

– Geoff Bennett (@ GeoffRBennett) January 12, 2019

The Times also said that "some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have asked if agents have exceeded their obligations" by opening an investigation into this angle.

The report acknowledged that no evidence had been revealed that the President had communicated or acted on the instructions of Russian officials. He also quoted Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, according to which "since nothing comes out of the report in a year and a half", which showed an attack on national security, "the investigation "found nothing".

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