Sen. Coons: Trump's 'Closeness' to Putin Is 'Alarming'

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"There is an incredible divide between Washington and the rest of the country when it comes to Bob Mueller and the Russian Federation investigation", Cruz said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

President Trump addressed the Post's reporting during an on-air phone call with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro and denied the allegations.

The statement echoes one she gave Friday night about a New York Times report that the FBI opened a counter-intelligence investigation into the President following the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. "By any measure, President Obama was much easier, was much more gentle on Russia", Cruz said.

"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", Trump told Pirro, a personal friend. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written". The three spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

Current and former U.S. officials told the paper that Trump's efforts include confiscating the notes from his interpreter and not allowing them to discuss the details of the meetings with other officials in his administration.

And, he added, "It handicaps the US government - the experts and advisers and Cabinet officers who are there to serve [the president] - and it certainly gives Putin much more scope to manipulate Trump". "Anyone could have listened to that meeting".

John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat who has announced a run for the White House, called Trump's behavior toward Russian Federation "highly suspicious", adding, "We haven't had a president who has been as supportive of Vladimir Putin in decades". Large swaths of the government have been shut down for weeks while Trump and Democrats in Congress remain at an impasse over money for the border wall.

"I've not seen any evidence of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia", Johnson exclaimed.

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

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Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia says nearly all of the sanctions on Russian Federation arose in Congress because of huge concerns by both parties about Russia's actions. Warner accused the White House of being very slow to put in place the penalties.

On January 11, The New York Times reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had opened a counterintelligence probe in 2017 into whether Trump was working for Russian interests.

Trump's behavior in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the probe, according to the newspaper.

The ex-national security advisor, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties.

Russian Federation has denied interfering, and Trump has said repeatedly there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

Trump tweeted early Saturday that the report showed that the FBI leadership "opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof" after he had fired Comey.

On Sunday, Cruz told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the media's focus on special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's campaign to disrupt the 2016 US presidential election is just another example of the disconnect between most of the nation and its capital.

Robert Mueller has spent 20 months investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, and possible collusion between the Trump's campaign and Moscow. The Times reported Mueller also took over the counterintelligence investigation, but the paper said it is unclear whether that aspect of his investigation is ongoing.

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