Trump denies hiding detail of Putin summit talks from staff

14 January, 2019, 01:30 | Author: Wade Massey
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"I'm not keeping anything under wraps", Mr Trump told Fox News while referring to the latest report.

Democrats also expressed concern about a report in the Washington Post on Saturday on alleged efforts by Trump to hide details about his conversations with Putin.

According to the Post, on at least one occasion Trump confiscated notes from the interpreter present at meetings between the two leaders and instructed them not to discuss the details of the conversations with other administration officials.

A protester with a poster of Trump and Putin outside the Phoenix Convention Center where Trump was holding a rally in August 2017.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is close to Trump and chairs the Judiciary Committee, said he intends to ask the FBI director if there was a counterintelligence investigation into the president.

"I mean it's so ridiculous", he added, before taking a swipe at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who has been in the news lately for an ugly divorce after his sexts with former "Extra" and Fox News host Lauren Sanchez surfaced.

Mr. Trump himself had said there was a connection during an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt in May 2017. Presidents obviously have the right to change American foreign policy, and to forge friendships with countries that had been previously hostile. "That meeting is open for grabs", Trump said, denying the Post report.

The Washington Post story is the second in 24 hours to highlight Trump's unusual dealings with Russian Federation and its leader. But Trump's behaviour in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing as FBI director, 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 newspaper.

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A published report shows federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about Mr Trump's behaviour after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they began investigating whether he had been working for the United States adversary against American interests.

Sanders called the report "absurd". James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia", Pirro asked him with a smile. The probe is not just about Russian election interference, or about Trump's obstruction of the probe - it is about the secret relationship between Trump and Russia that appears to be causing both these things to happen.

President Trump attacked the F.B.I.in a series of tweets early Saturday morning.

The New York Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Mr Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but did not open an investigation at that time because they were not sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the unnamed officials.

The headline Trump referenced read "F.B.I".

The reports come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looms large in the background, punctuated by guilty pleas, convictions and indictments of former Trump associates. Trump repeated to Pirro his frequent criticism that the investigation is a "hoax".

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