Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly opened inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russian Federation

Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly opened inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russian Federation

Mueller is believed to be investigating whether Comey's firing and other actions amount to obstruction of justice by the president.

The criminal and counterintelligence elements were coupled together into one investigation, former law enforcement officials said in interviews in recent weeks, because if Trump had ousted the head of the FBI to impede or even end the Russian Federation investigation, that was both a possible crime and a national security concern. Trump also plays a central role in a separate case in NY, where prosecutors have implicated him in a crime.

"The New York Times" claims the investigation - a dual counterintelligence and criminal probe - was launched after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017.

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".

Mr. Whitaker took over supervision of Mr. Mueller's investigation on 7 November after President Trump appointed him as the chief USA law enforcement official to replace Jeff Sessions, who the president ousted.

President Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow and has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt".

"Campaigns leak polling data all the time", Giuliani said, before decrying the focus on the investigation as a "joke" and "total mockery" that "only happens because 75 percent of the press hates Trump".

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Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shake hands.

It has since been handed off to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and NY.

According to a report from the New York Times, in May 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began to investigate if Trump was working - actively, or unknowingly - on behalf of the Kremlin while in office. 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.

Giuliani said it is unclear to the legal team whether acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is now in charge of the investigation.

If the report is not made public, however, Congress could issue a subpoena to try to force its release.

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