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FBI reportedly opened inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russia

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Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2019, 09:09

Mr. Whitaker took over supervision of Mr. Mueller's investigation on 7 November after President Trump appointed him as the chief USA law enforcement official to replace Jeff Sessions, who the president ousted.

Agents considered whether the president's actions were a possible threat to national security, The New York Times reported.

It was a tense time. Baker privately testified in October before House investigators who were examining the FBI's handling of the full Russian Federation inquiry, it said.

"In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russian Federation against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation", The Times reports.

President Trump told reporters at the White House Friday he had "very easily" completed his written answers for Mr. Mueller's investigation.

"Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia", Sanders said. Investigators also had to ascertain whether the president was knowingly, or possibly unwittingly, under Russian influence.

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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"Of course we have to see (the report) before it goes to Congress", Giuliani said.

The president's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign had aroused suspicions among agents and senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, who were unsure how to proceed with such a sensitive inquiry and thus chose to hesitate. An FBI spokeswoman and a spokesman for the special counsel's office both declined to comment. "It's an excuse by Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump said.

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

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Comey was sacked for just cause and that Trump has never favoured Russian Federation.

Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and NY. Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in August 2018 was convicted of financial crisis and later pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the USA and conspiring to obstruct justice.

The Mueller investigation is set to continue to cast a cloud over the White House: a judge has given an extension to the secret grand jury empanelled in the probe, extending its original 18-month mandate.

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