FBI opened probe into whether Trump working for Russians: Report - International

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He maintained Mueller's investigators should first give the report to Trump's lawyers for review.

"What we're reporting tonight is the investigation initially ... was much bigger than that was looking that question of Trump's ties to Russian Federation", the reporter added. Was he working ... wittingly or unwittingly working on their behalf?

Former law enforcement officials told the Times that the criminal aspect (whether Trump obstructed justice) and counterintelligence aspect (whether Trump was working covertly for Russia) of the investigation were combined into one inquiry because it would have been considered a national security threat if Trump had indeed ousted Comey to impede the Russian Federation investigation.

Federal counterintelligence agents began an investigation of US President Donald Trump past year that aimed to find out whether the president had a clandestine agenda to help Russian Federation, the New York Times and CNN reported Friday.

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Mr Comey's firing.

They were also motivated by his reported statements during a May White House meeting with visiting Russian officials that he had fired Comey because "he was insane, a real nut job".

The FBI had grown suspicious of Trump's Russian Federation ties during the 2016 presidential election, but reportedly held off launching an investigation into the candidate personally, the Times reported.

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"James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack", Sanders continued, "and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The justification went beyond Trump's firing of Comey, according to the sources, and included the President's conversation with Comey in the Oval Office asking him to drop the investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, thinks the President's legal team should have the opportunity to "correct" the document...

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shake hands.

What did the FBI supposedly investigate?

Whether Mueller is still probing the counterintelligence aspect of that inquiry remains unclear.

Mueller is believed to be investigating whether Comey's firing and other actions amount to obstruction of justice by the president.

"The question is, was this in return for a promise of something from the Russians, and did the candidate, now the president, know about it?" he asked, before adding that it "would be "a conspiracy" even if the Trump campaign never received anything of value from the Russians.

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