Following FBI Director James Comey’s termination, a dozen senior FBI officials began to question why the actions of their president seemed to benefit Russia’s Vladimir Putin. They subsequently opened a probe into Trump for a possible obstruction of justice.
Officials pored through many possibilities, including the idea that Comey was fired at Putin’s instruction. Another possibility is that Trump was acting within the bounds of his executive power and does not have an unethical relationship with Putin.
CNN obtained After Comey’s firing, the FBI opened an obstruction of justice of probe into Trump. Congressional transcripts revealing details about the FBI investigation into Trump and the conversations inside the bureau.
Peter Strzok, a former FBI agent fired for sending anti-Trump text messages, texted FBI lawyer Lisa Page. He said, “We need to open the case we’ve been waiting on now while Andy is acting.” ‘Andy’ was the acting FBI Director at the time, Andrew McCabe.
Page confirmed that the message was related to the Russia collusion investigation.
Trump attacked the FBI and Comey on twitter. He said, "Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!"
James Baker, former FBI general counsel said, “I'm speaking theoretically. If the President of the United States fired Jim Comey at the behest of the Russian government, that would be unlawful and unconstitutional."
The FBI officials’ interviews were a part of the Republican House investigation into FBI conduct during the investigations of Clinton and Trump.