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"F.B.I. officials decided to move quickly when a comment the president made to visiting Russian officials in the Oval Office shortly after he fired James B. Comey was revealed days later. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job! I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” Trump said, according to a document." Law enforcement officials were so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence. Counterintelligence investigators considered whether the president’s actions constituted a possible threat to national security. The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice. "