Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Trump denies hiding detail of Putin summit talks from staff

GettyImages-1081127244 Mueller Is Investigating Trump as a Russian Asset
Jeannette Daniel | 14 January, 2019, 01:30

At the same time the FBI opened a probe into President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey, counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation, according to a source familiar with the matter.

"I have concluded that the Treasury Department's proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska's control and influence of these companies, and the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump Administration and keep these sanctions in place", the New York Democrat said in a statement.

Comey at the time was leading an investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

On Saturday, Pirro also asked the president about a Washington Post report published Saturday saying Mr. Trump had gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide the details of several of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin from other officials in his administration.

On this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday", Sen.

There is "no detailed record, even in classified files" of Trump's face-to-face meetings with Putin, the Post reported.

"When he takes the interpreter's notes and wants to destroy them so no one can see what was said.it raises serious questions about the relationship between this president and Putin", the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, said on ABC's "This Week".

The paper says Mr Trump concealed details of his conversations with Mr Putin from senior officials in his administration, quoting unnamed current and former USA officials.

"I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less".

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"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. "These people make it up", Trump said.

FBI agents and senior officials began to suspect connections between Trump and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign but pushed off an investigation partially because they were unsure how to execute such a massive and sensitive operation, sources told the Times.

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. He also reportedly told Russian officials visiting the White House that firing Comey, who he called a "nut job", had relieved "great pressure because of Russia".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who previously served as Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, blasted the Times story, when asked about it on the CBS "Face the Nation" show. Presidents obviously have the right to change American foreign policy, and to forge friendships with countries that had been previously hostile.

"Anybody could have listened to that meeting", he said.

In the inquiry, counterintelligence investigators sought to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security.

Reuters could not independently verify details of the Post report. Then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended Mr. Trump's first official meeting with Putin, but the two presidents also spoke for up to an hour at dinner, a conversation the White House did not acknowledge for almost two weeks.

"I really think that the investigation was about Trump from the beginning", McCarthy said.

Schumer says it's important the sanctions remain in place while the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation proceeds.

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