"This is absurd", Sanders said.
The FBI launched an investigation to probe if President Donald Trump was working for Russian Federation following his sacking of FBI Director James Comey shortly after taking office, the New York Times reported.
The counterintelligence aspect consisted of determining whether Trump was knowingly or unknowingly working for Moscow and whether he was a threat to national security, the newspaper reported. Trump has also repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russians.
The justification went beyond Trump's firing of Comey, CNN said, according to its sources, and included the President's conversation with Comey in the Oval Office asking him to drop the investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
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. "Campaigns leak polling data all the time", Giuliani said, before decrying the focus on the investigation as a "joke" and "total mockery" that "only happens because 75 percent of the press hates Trump".More news: Celtic Player DM'd PSG Star Asking Him To Come To Scotland
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Agents and senior FBI officials had grown suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude.
McCabe said he believed Comey was sacked because he refused to give in to Trump's requests to kill the probe.
The investigation was one part criminal, into possible obstruction of justice, and one part counterintelligence, looking into possible national security concerns, the Times reports.
Comey, who was sacked in May 2017, had opened an FBI investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and whether the Kremlin officials colluded with the members of Trump's team.
Josh Campbell, former special assistant to Comey who resigned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in previous year, told CNN on Friday that the Times' report is alarming because of the level of approval the counterintelligence inquiry required.
The tweet echoed Trump's April 2018 assertion -"I did you a great favor when I fired this guy"- at a rally in MI. "In the face of those lies, a whole lot of good people... believe that nonsense", Comey told reporters in the halls of the US Senate on December 17.