At the same time the FBI opened a probe into President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey, counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Trump fired back on early Saturday morning, slamming "the corrupt former leaders of the FBI" for opening an investigation on him after firing "total sleaze" Comey.
Meanwhile, if Comey was indeed fired over the Russian investigation, James A. Baker, former FBI general counsel, believes that this would be a national security issue. 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.
Though it is claimed they did not launch an investigation at that time because they were not sure how to approach such a sensitive and vital probe, according to the sources.
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The former deputy director reportedly authorized a leak to a newspaper reporter about the contents of a telephone call on August 2016 in order cast himself in a positive light in an upcoming story about an investigation involving Hillary Clinton.
The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security, and they also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.
But it held off on opening an investigation until the president sacked Mr Comey, who refused to swear his allegiance and roll back the nascent Russian Federation investigation, which is now being spearheaded by Mr Mueller. It's unclear if Mueller is still investigating the counterintelligence inquiry into Trump.
Mr. Whitaker took over supervision of Mr. Mueller's investigation on 7 November after President Trump appointed him as the chief United States law enforcement official to replace Jeff Sessions, who the president ousted.
But the evidence so far shows a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communication.