FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention in Washington U.S

FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

Federal counterintelligence agents began an investigation of US President Donald Trump previous 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.

The first was a draft of the letter Trump wanted to send Comey informing him of the firing, which the Times reports mentioned the Russian Federation investigation.

The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security, and they also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.

Attorney Rudy Giuliani said President Donald Trump's team of attorneys should be permitted to "correct" special counsel Robert Mueller's final report before it is released to Congress and to the public.

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Counter-intelligence investigators were reportedly considering whether Trump's actions constituted a national security threat, an extraordinary line of inquiry against a sitting USA president.

"I have no concerns about Cohen at all because I can prove with very little effort that he is a total, complete and absolute liar", Giuliani said.

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Giuliani, a lawyer for the president, was quoted by the Times as saying that the investigation seems to have gone nowhere.

The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing it.

The sources noted that Trump's own admission that he fired Comey in May 2017 over his refusal to end the investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation was one of the motivations for the probe into the president's personal ties to Moscow.

Court documents submitted by Paul Manafort's lawyers accidentally revealed that, while serving as Trump campaign chairman, Manafort handed over internal campaign polling data to Konstantin V. Kilimnik, a Russian businessman linked to the GRU intelligence agency GRU.

At least three different congressional committees, including the Senate Intelligence Committee, have also been probing various aspects of Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

In a statement reported by NBC News' Geoff Bennett, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blasted The Times report as "absurd". Baker privately testified in October before House investigators who were examining the FBI's handling of the full Russian Federation inquiry, it said. She also disputed that Trump had ever been soft on Russian Federation.

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