The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Mr Trump was a potential threat to national security, and they also sought to determine whether he was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.
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".
The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Mr Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians.
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The 17-year-old girl was said to have had a 16-year-old male passenger in the truck with her. KSL reported the driver had her beanie over her eyes at the time of the crash.
"I acknowledge that", Giuliani said. "Unlike former president (Barack) Obama who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", the White House Press Secretary said.
The revelation, marking the first time a United States president has been investigated by his own intelligence services for acting for a foreign power against American interests, comes as the 18-month inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election nears its conclusion.
Law enforcement officials have previously confirmed that after the firing the FBI opened an investigation into whether the action constituted obstruction of justice.
In an interview with The Hill published Friday, Giuliani expressed his disdain with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his worry that the report might reflect badly on his client, President Donald Trump. If they hadn't done so, "it would be a little bit like sitting in a room full of smoke and not getting up to learn whether there was a fire", he added.
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The first two summits were not reported until after Kim left China , and the third was disclosed on the second day of his visit. Trump had yet to respond to Kim Jong-un's China trip but tweeted Tuesday: "Talks with China are going very well!"
Trump has repeatedly criticized the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and views it as a stain on the legitimacy of his presidency.
"A national security threat", he repeated for emphasis.
In response to the events, according to the Times, the FBI began investigating whether Trump was a secret Russian agent.
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If he is found to have breached the deal, he would lose any sentencing credits for acceptance of responsibility, prosecutors said. For the two charges he now faces in DC federal court, Manafort could receive 17 to 22 years in prison, his plea agreement says.
The lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for multiple crimes, including felony violations of campaign finance laws he undertook, prosecutors alleged, under Trump's direction.