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Graham says he'll ask FBI director about reported investigation into whether Trump was working for Russia

Graham says he'll ask FBI director about reported investigation into whether Trump was working for Russia
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief FBI director faces lawmaker frustration over Capitol breach Juan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that he intends to ask FBI Director Christopher Wray whether the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation regarding the possibility that President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE was a Russian agent.

The senator, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called a New York Times report that the FBI launched an inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russia after the president fired former bureau chief James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report MORE "astonishing," but cast skepticism on its findings.

"I, for one, don’t trust what I read in The New York Times," he said on "Fox News Sunday," arguing the source of the story may have an agenda.

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"Having said all that, I‘m going to ask the FBI director was there a counterintelligence investigation opened up regarding the president as being a potential agent of the Russians," Graham continued. "I find it astonishing, and to me it tells me a lot about the people running the FBI, [former Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe and that crowd."

"So if this really did happen, Congress needs to know about it," he continued. "And what I want to do is make sure how could the FBI do that? What kind of checks and balances are there?"

According to the Times, Comey's firing caused such concern among law enforcement that officials began probing if Trump was a threat to national security or secretly carrying out anti-American agendas on behalf of Russian officials.

In an interview with NBC in 2017, Trump cited the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as part of his reasoning for firing Comey. He has since offered conflicting explanations for the decision.

The president responded to The New York Times report by lashing out at Comey and the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference.

Asked on Fox News on Saturday night whether he is or has ever worked for Russia, Trump called it "the most insulting thing" he's ever been asked, but did not directly answer.