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The FBI investigated the possibility that Donald Trump is a Russian agent

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For months, the public has known about Donald Trump’s extensive ties with individuals inside and adjacent to the Russian government. A handful of his closest aides have already testified under oath about their connections to Russian officials, and his own lawyer has admitted Trump had close financial ties to Moscow as recently as the middle of 2016.

But on Friday evening, an explosive report in the New York Times escalated the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation to an almost unimaginable degree: in 2017, the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump himself, out of concern that the president of the United States was secretly working on behalf of Russia.

The Times spoke with several former intelligence officials about the inquiry, which began shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. The circumstances of Comey’s........

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