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

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

"The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice".

Former FBI Director James Comey talks backstage before a panel discussion about his book "A Higher Loyalty" on June 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

For one, also this week, the USA attorney for the Southern District here in NY indicted Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner in Trump Tower in June 2016 to discuss acquiring dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Whether Mueller is still probing the counterintelligence aspect of that inquiry remains unclear.

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Even some of Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress have signaled worries about such an action. "I don't think he should do that". Trump has since made clear he won't sign anything that doesn't include border wall funding, including short-term bills.

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney, suggested that Trump's legal team should have the chance to "correct" special counsel Bob Mueller's final report in case it is "wrong".

But Trump's activities prior to and in the aftermath of Comey's firing in May 2017 - in particular his linking of the firing to the Russian Federation investigation - helped spur the investigation's counterintelligence aspect, the Times reported.

Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow and Russian Federation has said it did not meddle in the election.

An anonymous source told CNN that Trump's comments raised enough concern that they started investigating him.

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Authorities say flu activity across New Jersey is high, so it's important for those who have not yet done so to get a flu shot. "It's not too late in the season to get your flu shot ", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.

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 White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times' report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

"The fact that it goes back a year and a half and nothing came it that showed a breach of national security means they found nothing", said Rudolph Giuliani, a lawyer for the president.

Trump's lawyers and Mueller's team have had no contact since then, Giuliani said.

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Now seeded 16th, Williams was drawn into the same section Thursday as No. 1-ranked Simona Halep , the runner-up here past year . Williams will face Tatjana Maria in the first round, and could meet either Genie Bouchard or Peng Shaui in the second.

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. Mr. Whitaker in the past criticized the scope of the Mueller probe and brought up the possibility of undermining it by slashing the investigation's funding.


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