F.B.I., Shutdown, Syria, Jayme Closs: Your Friday Evening Briefing

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Good night. Right here’s the most recent.

1. The F.B.I. opened an inquiry into whether or not President Trump was secretly working with Russia after he fired James Comey as F.B.I. director, in accordance with former regulation enforcement officers and others conversant in the investigation.

The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators needed to contemplate whether or not the president’s personal actions constituted a potential risk to nationwide safety.

The particular counsel, Robert Mueller, took over the inquiry when he was appointed days after F.B.I. officers opened it. The investigation additionally had a felony facet, which has lengthy been publicly identified: whether or not Mr. Trump’s firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

The inquiry into Mr. Trump is a part of Mr. Mueller’s broader examination of how Russia interfered within the 2016 election and whether or not any Trump associates conspired. It’s unclear whether or not Mr. Mueller continues to be pursuing the counterintelligence matter.

No proof has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly involved with or took course from Russian authorities officers.

Huawei has lengthy denied spying for the Chinese language authorities.

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