After Comey firing, Federal Bureau of Investigation probed whether president was Russian agent

Charlene Craig
January 12, 2019

Mr. Whitaker took over supervision of Mr. Mueller's investigation on 7 November after President Trump appointed him as the chief United States law enforcement official to replace Jeff Sessions, who the president ousted. They also wanted to determine whether the president "was knowingly working for Russian Federation or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence".

"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", the paper reported.

Cell phone records show that Cohen was near Prague during the summer of 2016, supporting claims that he met there with Russian officials during the presidential election campaign, McClatchy news service has reported.

Mueller took over the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation after being appointed, The New York Times reported, just days after it was first opened.

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President Donald said in a TV interview Sunday he would not intervene if Matthew Whitaker, his acting US AG, moved to curtail Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. "Unlike President Obama who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation".

Experts quickly laughed off Giuliani's assertion that the president can "correct" an investigative report into his own actions.

Trump and his allies have repeatedly criticized Mueller's investigation, calling it a "witch hunt" and questioning the political motivations of his investigators. "Campaigns leak polling data all the time", Giuliani said, before decrying the focus on the investigation as a "joke" and "total mockery" that "only happens because 75 percent of the press hates Trump".

"CNN journalists observed Fabrizio leaving the special counsel's office on the first of February previous year and have since confirmed he was meeting with Mueller's team".

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"Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia", Sanders said.

In this image released by ABC News, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey appears at an interview with George Stephanopoulos set to air during a prime time "20/20" special on April 15, 2018 on the ABC Television Network.

The report may also raise new questions for congressional investigators probing Russian meddling.

Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and NY.

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