Published: Sat, January 12, 2019

FBI Reportedly Investigated Whether Trump Was Working For Russia

FBI Reportedly Investigated Whether Trump Was Working For Russia

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that White House counsel Pat Cipollone is gearing up by hiring 17 new lawyers to the team to prepare to "prevent President Trump's confidential discussions with top advisers from being disclosed to House Democratic investigators and revealed in the special counsel's long-awaited report". Earlier on Friday, Giuliani sounded a little less confident, requesting that the Trump administration get the opportunity to "correct" the final Mueller report: "As a matter of fairness, they should show it to you - so we can correct it if they're wrong".

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment.

The Times said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

Giuliani went farther than any of Trump's legal advisers in demanding the right to review the report into claims of collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, The Hill reported.

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.

Trump answered Mueller's campaign-related questions focused on Russian Federation in November.


Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigns for Republican Senate hopeful Mike Braun in Franklin Township, Indiana, on November 3, 2018. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians.

When Mueller ends his investigation, he will send a report on his findings to the Justice Department.

Since at least last summer, Trump's legal team has been drafting a rebuttal in preparation for Mueller's report.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced last month to three years in prison for crimes including orchestrating the payments in violation of campaign finance laws.

Cohen will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo in a promised Democratic effort to greater scrutinize Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russian Federation. "The only way we can assert it is if we see what is in the report". Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen the Mueller case, reportedly hopes to stick around until that report is filed.

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