Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

FBI secretly investigated Donald Trump over Russia links

FBI secretly investigated Donald Trump over Russia links

Comey's firing, rather than ending the Russian Federation investigation, led directly to the appointment, over Trump's objections, of Mueller, another former FBI director, to take over the Russian Federation probe.

The Russia investigation was taken over by Mueller when he was appointed special counsel.

The Hill noted that until Giuliani's comments, speculation had centered on whether the White House might push back on some of Mueller's eventual report by citing executive privilege. Mueller is reportedly also investigating whether the president tried to impede the investigation into any role Russian Federation played in the election. Jordan blasts Democrat for pursuing Trump impeachment on first day of new Congress MORE in 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russia, The New York Times reports.

The Times reports that it's unclear if the Mueller team is still on the counterintelligence angle, and that former law enforcement officials believe that the agents who opened it may have overstepped their bounds.

The president is later also said to have told Russian officials at the Oval Office thus: "I faced great pressure because of Russia".

Cohen and Flynn have both been convicted for various crimes as part of the Russian Federation probe and have both offered evidence potentially damaging to their former boss.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times that he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing".

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation engaged in a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sway voters during the 2016 election, largely aimed at bolstering Trump's chances at the presidency.

That investigation was quickly handed over to Robert Mueller when he was hired as Special Counsel.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times' report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

The draft was never sent, after Rosenstein purportedly urged Trump to drop mention of Russian Federation in the letter. She also disputed that Trump had ever been soft on Russian Federation.

The investigation the FBI opened into Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Comey constituted obstruction of justice. He did not explicitly acknowledge the existence of the investigation of Trump to congressional investigators.

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