Federal Bureau of Investigation 'examined whether Trump was threat to national security'

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP NJ- NOVEMBER 20 President-elect Donald Trump greets Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster Township N.J. on Sunday Nov. 20 2016

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani dismissed the alleged investigation as baseless, pointing out that no evidence has publicly emerged in the 20 months since to support the idea that Trump is a secret Russian agent.

It is unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence matter, and some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped in opening it.

"If the president had fired Comey to stop the Russian Federation investigation, the action would have been a national security issue because it naturally would have hurt the bureau's effort to learn how Moscow interfered in the 2016 election and whether any Americans were involved, according to James A. Baker, who served as FBI general counsel until late 2017", the report said. They cited Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a controversy that many believe helped Trump defeat the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election.

The draft was never sent, after Rosenstein purportedly urged Trump to drop mention of Russian Federation in the letter. Apparently, the bureau's knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting, and Trump's July 2016 press conference request - "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing - wasn't enough to pull the trigger on an inquiry". Trump also plays a central role in a separate case in NY, where prosecutors have implicated him in a crime. "It's an excuse by Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump said. The justification went beyond Trump's firing of Comey, according to the sources, and included the President's conversation with Comey in the Oval Office asking him to drop the investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Russian Federation also has denied collusion.

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In response to the events, according to the Times, the FBI began investigating whether Trump was a secret Russian agent.

CNN also reported that investigators are examining whether conflicting public statements by Trump and his team would be considered an attempt to obstruct justice.

According to the Times, special counsel Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed.

Mueller's final report can be finished within months and Giuliani is hoping he can use executive privilege to get his hands on it before the public.

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