FBI opened inquiry into whether Trump was secretly working for Russia

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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, next to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Trump on Wednesday welcomed Vladimir Putin's top diplomat to the White House for Trump's highest level face-to-face contact with a Russian government official since he took office in January. (Russian Foreign Ministry Photo via AP)

Shortly after Donald Trump fired James Comey, he met with Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, proper, on the White Home on Might 10, 2017.

The New York Instances is reporting that within the early days of the Trump administration the FBI opened up an investigation into whether or not Donald Trump was working as a Russian asset towards American pursuits. The set off for the FBI was when Trump fired his then-FBI Director James Comey. NYT writes:

Within the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, legislation enforcement officers grew to become so involved by the president’s conduct that they started investigating whether or not he had been engaged on behalf of Russia towards American pursuits, in accordance with former legislation enforcement officers and others accustomed to the investigation.

The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators needed to think about whether or not the president’s personal actions constituted a potential risk to nationwide safety. Brokers additionally sought to find out whether or not Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen beneath Moscow’s affect.

Simply wow. We’ve got all imagined this is perhaps the case, however the FBI truly opened an investigation into it. The FBI was then operating two completely different investigations that bought folded into Robert Mueller’s purview: a counterintelligence investigation and a felony investigation into whether or not Trump obstructed justice. In essence, Trump’s potential obstruction of justice then grew to become a nationwide safety concern for the reason that FBI puzzled if Trump was beneath Russian affect.

The Instances reviews that it is not clear whether or not Mueller remains to be working the counterintelligence  side of the probe. The FBI had reportedly grown suspicious of Trump through the 2016 marketing campaign however had hesitated to open such a probe “as a result of they have been unsure tips on how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude.”

Certainly. Looks like that bought much more sticky with a sitting president.

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