The F.B.I. conducts two types of inquiries, criminal and counterintelligence investigations.
Other factors fueled the F.B.I.’s concerns, according to the people familiar with the inquiry.
“That’s the goal, to make us less of a moral authority to spread democratic values,” she added. Parts of her testimony were first reported by The Epoch Times.
As F.B.I. officials debated whether to open the investigation, some of them pushed to move quickly before Mr. Trump appointed a director who might slow down or even end their investigation into Russia’s interference.