Investigators have to consider if Trump's own actions constituted a possible threat to the national security, the paper reported on Friday. But the Times noted that several former law-enforcement officials outside the inquiry wonder whether Federal Bureau of Investigation agents overreached by launching it in the first place.
Giuliani also attempted to downplay the Democratic investigations in the House as lawmakers prepare to dig into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian operatives. While a potential obstruction of justice charge has already been reported, the detail of Trump as a target of counterintelligence is being made public for the first time.
The Times also reported that "some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped" in opening an investigation into that angle.
According to the Times, FBI officials also opened a counterintelligence investigation around the time of Comey's firing, after officials were alarmed by comments Trump made suggesting Comey's firing was due to the original Russian Federation investigation.
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He went on to make the final of the Monte Carlo Masters, the quarters at Wimbledon, and the semis of the US Open. The 29-year-old thrashed his Russian opponent 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to get hold of his 12th tour-level trophy.
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The two Democrats were also stymied by peculiar production decisions; hemmed in side-by-side behind a narrow podium in the U.S. While networks air presidential addresses when the topic is of national importance, they're not required to do so.
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The talks were extended into an unscheduled third day, showing both sides were "serious", China's foreign ministry said. China's commerce ministry said the discussions "established a foundation for the resolution of each others' concerns".
The grand jury empaneled by the special counsel has been extended for another six months, however, signaling that the probe may continue beyond the winter.
The investigation the FBI opened into Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
An anonymous source told CNN that Trump's comments raised enough concern that they started investigating him.
Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general under President Obama, wrote that any Trump attempts to hide parts of the report from the public would be defeated in court. Russian Federation has also denied the allegations. "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". No longer is this about what Manafort did prior to ever even entering Trump's orbit.
She went on to say that Trump has "actually been tough on Russian Federation", unlike former president Barack Obama.