The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an inquiry in 2017 into whether US President Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia, The New York Times reported on Friday. The counterintelligence aspect consisted of determining whether Trump was knowingly or unknowingly working for Moscow and whether he was a threat to national security, the newspaper reported. The Times said that the FBI had been suspicious of Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign. Trump has repeatedly criticized the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt” and views it as a stain on the legitimacy of his presidency. The Mueller investigation is set to continue to cast a cloud over the White House: a judge has given an extension to the secret grand jury empanelled in the probe, extending its original 18-month mandate.
Source: Egypt Independent January 12, 2019 05:03 UTC