GOP Shrugs Off Report That Trump Concealed Details Of Putin Meetings


The report about Trump's meetings with Putin follows a Friday report from The New York Times that the F.B.I. opened an investigation into whether or not Trump was acting on Russia's behalf after Trump fired former F.B.I. director James Comey in 2017.

Pirro then asked the president if he has ever worked on behalf of Russian Federation, and Trump replied, "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", but did not issue an outright denial.

Senate Democrats will force a vote this week to overturn the Treasury Department's move to relax sanctions on companies connected to a Russian oligarch, pushing the various facets of the 2016 Russia election meddling probe back to the forefront.

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.

During a phone interview on "Justice with Judge Jeanine", Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening that the stories were "all nonsense".

Officials also told the Post that they never received a full, detailed account of Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki in July 2018.

Trump never answered Pirro's question directly, but went on to say that no president has taken a harder stance against Russian Federation than he has.

A separate source said Baker told investigators the internal FBI debate over the president's decision to fire Comey on May 9, 2017, included personnel who have since left the bureau for cause, retired, or have been demoted. "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".

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 USA adversary against American interests.

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Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing.

In his appearance on Fox News on Saturday, Trump denied that he was keeping anything under wraps on his meetings with Putin. "I mean, I had a conversation like every president does".

He said the easing is a particular misfire "given Mr. Deripaska's potential involvement with [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement calling the Post story "so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response".

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. You sit with the president of various countries.

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

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

"This is just at odds with how presidents have conducted diplomacy for decades and decades In the United States", said Washington Post reporter Greg Miller in a Sunday interview with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro. "I do think what we can all agree on is that the Mueller investigation should reach its conclusion". "I couldn't care less", he said.