Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Was Donald Trump working for Russia? The FBI tried to find out

Was Donald Trump working for Russia? The FBI tried to find out

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.

However, sources tell the Times that two events raised alarm at the FBI that Trump had fired Comey in an attempt to stifle their investigation into possible Russian Federation election meddling.

In an interview with The Hill published Friday, Giuliani expressed his disdain with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his worry that the report might reflect badly on his client, President Donald Trump.

The White House has described The New York Times story as absurd. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians.

The newspaper, citing unnamed former law enforcement officials and others, reported January 11 that the counterintelligence investigation was initially separate from an ongoing criminal investigation. They say Trump directed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal hush-money payments to two women as a way to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign.

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.

"The fact that it goes back a year and a half and nothing came of it that showed a breach of national security means they found nothing", Rudy Giuliani told the Times, while also acknowledging that he didn't have insight into the investigation.

She went on to say that Trump has "actually been tough on Russian Federation", unlike former president Barack Obama.

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.

No evidence has been revealed publicly asserting that Trump had secret contact with or was influenced by Russian government officials, and spokespeople for both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel's office refused to comment.

And we already knew that Manafort - along with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner - met with Russians including Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in June 2016, a meeting that had been set up under the auspices that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton!

CNN also reported that investigators are examining whether conflicting public statements by Trump and his team would be considered an attempt to obstruct justice.

CNN reported that counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation.

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