Transcripts detail how FBI debated whether Trump was ‘following directions’ of Russia

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US President Donald Trump (L) and Russias President Vladimir Putin pose ahead a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. - The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki, with Donald Trump promising an quot;extraordinary relationshipquot; and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world. (Photo by Alexey NIKOLSKY / Sputnik / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)US President Donald Trump (L) and Russias President Vladimir Putin pose ahead a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. - The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki, with Donald Trump promising an quot;extraordinary relationshipquot; and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world. (Photo by Alexey NIKOLSKY / Sputnik / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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