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FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

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Deanna Wagner | 12 January, 2019, 06:53

The White House has dismissed as "absurd" a New York Times report that said the Federal Bureau of Investigation probed whether U.S. President Donald Trump was working for Russian Federation. Giuliani told The Hill that the Trump legal team should be able to correct the Mueller report if there are any mistakes.

Agents and senior FBI officials had grown suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude.

"As far as we're concerned, everything is over", Giuliani told Reuters.

Giuliani said the ball was now in the special counsel's court. We did already know all of that!

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment.

But wait, you say, we already knew Mueller was looking into the 2016 campaign and possible ties between it and Russian Federation!

Trump has repeatedly criticised the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and views it as a stain on the legitimacy of his presidency.

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The inquiry took two modes: agents weighed if the president's decision to fire Comey could be considered a threat to national security, and if the firing had a criminal aspect, constituting obstruction of justice.

However, Giuliani told Reuters at the time, he would not answer questions on whether he tried to obstruct the investigation once he won office, such as by firing former FBI Director James Comey. Prosecutors claim that, in a money-laundering case involving NY real estate, Veselnitskaya lied about her links to Russian intelligence. "We challenge you to do it". Mr. Whitaker in the past criticized the scope of the Mueller probe and brought up the possibility of undermining it by slashing the investigation's funding.

Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general under President Obama, wrote that any Trump attempts to hide parts of the report from the public would be defeated in court.

The lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison for multiple crimes, including felony violations of campaign finance laws he undertook, prosecutors alleged, under Trump's direction. When he pleaded guilty, Cohen said he was directed by Trump.

"Of course we have to see [the report] before it goes to Congress".

The newspaper said it's not clear whether Mueller is still looking into that matter.