FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 12, 2019

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"We have a memo from a number of campaign finance experts that paying what they call hush money, since it has a personal objective, is not considered a campaign contribution", Giuliani said.

"Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", the statement concluded.

Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

But while Trump has slammed the probe as baseless, it has issued dozens of indictments and steadily chalked up convictions of some of the president's close associates - including his former personal lawyer, his ex-campaign chief and his former national security advisor. It has since been handed off to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Giuliani said the ball was now in the special counsel's court.

"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". In an interview with Reuters, Giuliani said Mueller raised the possibility of follow-up questions but that the president's outside legal team told the special counsel before Christmas that Trump would not respond.

On Thursday, former longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen agreed to publicly testify before a House committee before he begins his three-year prison stint after pleading guilty to lying to Congress in his first testimony and unrelated fraud and campaign finance violation charges.

"I have no concerns about Cohen at all because I can prove with very little effort that he is a total, complete and absolute liar", Giuliani said. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians.

"There is no legal protection of polling data". The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle. But, according to the Times, the bureau decided not to open a file on Trump himself, because it was unsure of how to investigate a major party candidate for the president of the United States.

But even Fox News analysts have agreed that Manafort's reputed sharing of internal campaign data with a Russian intelligence-linked operative was the surest evidence of collusion between the campaign and the Kremlin yet.

It added the criminal portion related to Trump's firing of Comey.

"The crime is the conspiracy, the agreement".

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