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Never worked for Russia, asserts US President Donald Trump

The New York Times reported Friday the FBI began the investigation after Trump fired James Comey as FBI director in order to examine whether the president's move threatened national security and amounted to obstruction of justice.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 15, 2019 8:13 IST
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Responding to media reports that the FBI once opened a counterintelligence probe into whether the US President was working on Russia's behalf, Donald Trump on Monday asserted that he "never worked for Russia."

Talking to media persons at the White House, Trump said that it’s a disgrace that he was being asked such questions.

Slamming the report at the weekends, Trump called it "the most insulting thing."

"Not only did I never work for Russia, I think it's a disgrace that you even asked that question because it's a whole big fat hoax," Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for New Orleans, Xinhua news agency reported.

The New York Times reported Friday the FBI began the investigation after Trump fired James Comey as FBI director in order to examine whether the president's move threatened national security and amounted to obstruction of justice.

The president also dismissed a Washington Post report that he took notes from his interpreter and ordered not to discuss details with other US officials about his 2017 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling it "fake news".

Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russia. The Russian government has repeatedly denied alleged meddling into the 2016 US elections.

(With IANS inputs)

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