Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly opened inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russian Federation

Amid probes White House lawyers prepare defense of Trump’s executive privilege

Amid probes White House lawyers prepare defense of Trump’s executive privilege

Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russian Federation was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the campaign that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential effort.

President Trump said he was unaware of Mr. Whitaker's past statements about Mr. Mueller's probe and that he would "not get involved" if Mr. Whitaker moved to curtail it. "At the time, the special counsel had been digging into Manafort's finances and political work ahead of his trial".

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. But the evidence so far shows a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communication.

President Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow and has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt". And there is no evidence yet public that Manafort ever told Trump that he was talking with Kilimnik, much less sharing poll numbers and discussing Ukraine and Russian Federation.

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.

"We gave very, very complete answers to a lot of questions that I shouldn't have even been asked, and I think that should solve the problem", President Trump added. Prosecutors claim that, in a money-laundering case involving NY real estate, Veselnitskaya lied about her links to Russian intelligence.

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.

One of those biggest charges is onto Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes and arranging hush money payments to two women who claimed to have affairs with Trump before the 2016 election.

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

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