The New York Times is reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a counter-intelligence probe into President Trump after he fired former FBI Director James Comey. The FBI was so alarmed by Comey's firing that they believed Trump was possibly working for the Kremlin from the Oval Office.
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 day after firing James Comey, Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (known for his secret conversations with former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn). According to a document that memorialized the meeting, Trump said the following to Lavrov and Kislyak about Comey and the Russia investigation:
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”