As Mueller's report later revealed, it was then"FBI director James Comey's testimony about the counterintelligence investigation to the House Intelligence Committee that so infuriated the president and set in motion the events that led to Comey's firing and then, Mueller's appointment. Under the special counsel, the counterintelligence investigation quickly shifted gears to a criminal investigation, but the original probe that Mueller inherited never went away. While the public's attention was focused on the multiple convictions, guilty pleas, and charges against 34 individuals and three companies, the counterintelligence investigation continued quietly running below the surface. And, as Mueller's Wednesday testimony suggests, it still continues.But you knew this right, troll breath? It was all posted right here.
The job of FBI counterintelligence was and is to neutralize the threat posed by foreign intelligence"which, in this case, means dealing with what the special counsel's report called Russia's "sweeping and systematic" effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The FBI, as the lead agency for exposing, preventing, and investigating intelligence activities on U.S. soil, sent officials with the bureau's Counterintelligence Division to meet regularly with members of the special counsel's team. For more than a year, FBI agents were embedded in Mueller's office. Their purpose, according to a little-noticed section of the special counsel's report, was "to review the results of the investigation and to send"in writing"summaries of foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information to FBIHQ and FBI Field Offices." But not all of the information in those summaries appeared in Mueller's final report.
Towards the end of Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, the former special counsel indicated that the FBI is currently investigating matters of blackmail and compromise involving those who were in President Donald Trump's orbit. During his allotted time, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) noted that because it was outside the Mueller investigation's purview, the final report did not reach any counterintelligence conclusions regarding "any Trump administration officials who may be vulnerable to compromise or blackmail by Russia."
"Those decisions were probably made in the FBI," Mueller, himself a former head of the FBI, replied. "We referred to the counterintelligence goals of our investigation which were secondary to any criminal wrongdoing we could find."
(T)here are many elements that the FBI are looking into different aspects of that issue," Mueller said....
"Currently?" Krishnamoorthi quizzically replied.
"Currently," the one-time FBI chief confirmed.
"Yes, that was news," said Krishnamoorthi. "I didn't anticipate that."
"He said that there's an ongoing FBI investigation into the counter-intelligence risk associated with Flynn, and so I presume it's others as well," the congressman continued. "We know that others have some very questionable ties and dealings with Russia such as Jared Kushner. I'd be very curious whether the counterintelligence investigations extend to his risks, as well."