Trump denies hiding detail of Putin summit talks from staff

Trump denies hiding detail of Putin summit talks from staff

Trump denies hiding detail of Putin summit talks from staff

Warner said the U.S. government still does not know what took place in Trump's meetings with Putin, including another in Helsinki last summer where Trump appeared to embrace Putin's claim, rejected by U.S. intelligence, that his country had nothing to do with an interference effort in the 2016 election.

Protesters rally before Trump and Putin's Helsinki meeting.

"That comes back to the question, again, of why the president wanted to do this?" she asked.

The case was then referred to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into whether Russian agents interfered with the 2016 election, the Times reported, adding that it is not clear whether the special counsel has continued that part of the investigation.

He compared his conversations with Putin to what "every president does - you sit with the president of various countries".

US President Donald Trump has denied hiding details of conversations with his Russia's Vladimir Putin, saying he is "not keeping anything under wraps".

Ratcliffe said he was surprised to read Friday's New York Times report, which quoted part of his Baker interview, and reported that after the Comey firing "law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior" that they began investigating whether Trump was working on behalf of Russian Federation.

In a flurry of tweets Saturday morning, Trump slammed Comey, arguing that his firing of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director "was a great day for America" and accused him of being a "crooked cop" protected by Mueller. Eventually, Trump claimed he has "been FAR tougher with Russia.maybe than any other President".

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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. These include his decision to repeatedly bomb Syria, expand anti-Russian sanctions, close Russian consulates, expel diplomats, expand NATO's presence along Russia's borders in Eastern Europe, and threaten to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a key arms control treaty agreed on by the United States and the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War.

"Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, nearly all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!", Trump tweeted.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he could not comment on the specifics of the report, but said his committee would press ahead with its probe of Trump's contacts with Russian Federation.

Sanders called the report "absurd". But Trump's behavior 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.

The Post notes that this behavior by Trump is not usual per past presidential standards.

Trump's ex-national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties.

Cohen will testify publicly before a House committee next month.

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