Trump team should be allowed to "correct" final Mueller report, says Giuliani

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The probe into Trump also looked into possible criminality, in particular the May 2017 firing of Comey and whether that could be deemed an obstruction of justice.

The Times reported that FBI investigators looked into whether Trump's actions could be considered a threat to national security. Was he working ... wittingly or unwittingly working on their behalf?

Mueller took over the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation after being appointed, The New York Times reported, just days after it was first opened.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe after Comey's firing.

The Hill noted that until Giuliani's comments, speculation had centered on whether the White House might push back on some of Mueller's eventual report by citing executive privilege.

According to the Times, senior FBI officials became suspicious of Trump and his alleged ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but decided not to pursue an investigation at the time. "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", said press secretary Sarah Huchabee Sanders.

Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in August 2018 was convicted of financial crisis and later pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the USA and conspiring to obstruct justice.

The Times reported that US counterintelligence investigators were concerned that the president's actions were a possible threat to national security.

However, sources tell the Times that two events raised alarm at the FBI that Trump had fired Comey in an attempt to stifle their investigation into possible Russian Federation election meddling.

Comey was dismissed, the White House said at the time, on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

His investigation has resulted in criminal prosecutions and indictments of several former Trump aides, including his ex-campaign chair Paul Manafort, ex-NSA Michael Flynn and former lawyer Michael Cohen, among others.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and views it as a stain on the legitimacy of his presidency. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

An American presidential campaign chairman handing over of internal polling data to a corporate associate of a foreign power is unusual, at best.

The president is later also said to have told Russian officials at the Oval Office thus: "I faced great pressure because of Russia".

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