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Trump Accused of Keeping Details of Putin Talks Secret

Special counsel Robert Mueller is thought to be in the final stages of an investigation that has focused largely on whether Trump or his associates conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign Trump Repeatedly Took ‘Extraordinary’ Measures to Hide Details of Face-to-Face Meetings With Putin: Report
Jeannette Daniel | 13 January, 2019, 15:42

But the White House, and Trump himself, disagree.

Citing unnamed former law enforcement officials, the Times reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened the combined criminal and counterintelligence probe into Trump in May of 2017. Russian Federation denies it sought to influence the election. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing".

Trump's efforts to hide the talks was revealed after administration officials tried to get information about the conversation - beyond what was provided by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - from the interpreter.

Tillerson had said at the time at a news conference after the two-hour meeting that Trump and Putin covered the war in Syria and other subjects.

A US House of Representatives committee will look into a newspaper report the FBI investigated whether President Donald Trump has been working on behalf of Russian Federation, against US interests, the panel's Democratic chairman says.

President Donald Trump's White House has been bracing for aggressive oversight from the so-called "investigative committees" after Democrats won the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.

He said he had talked in Helsinki to the Russian leader "like every president does" and that they had had a "great" conversation about "very positive things" such as the economy.

Trump called in to Fox News' Justice with Jeanine to discuss several tropics, including the newspaper's article, which was published on Friday, that revealed the president had been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in 2017 after James Comey was sacked as director of the federal agency.

Mr Trump's relations with Russian Federation before his election in 2016 are the subject of an ongoing federal investigation.

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"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", he said.

After a meeting with Mr Putin in Hamburg in 2017, Mr Trump took possession of his interpreter's notes, the paper says.

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 removal to the Russian Federation investigation, helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the investigation, according to the newspaper.

Trump added that the Times was a disaster as a newspaper.

"It's called the "Failing New York Times" for a reason", he railed before turning his ire to Comey.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the Post's story is "outrageously inaccurate".

Trump also tried to defend his actions with Russian Federation, saying, "I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else - any other - probably any other president, period, but certainly the last three or four presidents".

The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

His former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison for multiple crimes, including felony violations of campaign finance laws that prosecutors allege were carried out under Trump's direction.

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