This is the week the game changed in the Russian Federation investigation

Elias Hubbard
January 12, 2019

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". Giuliani told The Hill that the Trump legal team should be able to correct the Mueller report if there are any mistakes.

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shake hands.

The president's lawyer said it was time for the special counsel to issue his report: "Put up or shut up".

"We have a memo from a number of campaign finance experts that paying what they call hush money, since it has a personal goal, is not considered a campaign contribution", Giuliani said. The FBI's counterintelligence division handles national security matters.

Giuliani said the ball was now in the special counsel's court.

So far, five key advisors to Donald Trump have been found guilty of crimes after being charged in the special counsel investigation.

Read the entire New York Times report here.

The counterintelligence investigation was ultimately opened after Trump publicly discussed Comey's firing, suggesting it was because of the Russian Federation probe.

Now, Cohen has left behind his loyalty to Trump and announced this week he will testify before the House Oversight Committee on Feb 7. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians. You can give it to anyone. But Trump's behavior in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing, specifically two instances in which he seemed to tie Comey's ousting to the Russian Federation investigation, helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the investigation, according to the Times' sources. While a potential obstruction of justice charge has already been reported, the detail of Trump as a target of counterintelligence is being made public for the first time.

But even Fox News analysts have agreed that Manafort's reputed sharing of internal campaign data with a Russian intelligence-linked operative was the surest evidence of collusion between the campaign and the Kremlin yet. "Collusion is a nonlegal term", he said, adding that giving polling data to the Russians "would probably fit into that kind of a category".

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