Trump says he has nothing to hide about meetings with Putin

Blanche Robertson
January 13, 2019

Other US officials learned that Trump had taken possession of the notes when they asked the interpreter for information about the discussion beyond a brief readout Tillerson had provided.

"It handicaps the United States government - the experts and advisers and Cabinet officers who are there to serve - and it certainly gives Putin much more scope to manipulate Trump".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the report "outrageously inaccurate" and said that Trump has taken a stricter line on Russian Federation than his predecessors.

July 7, 2017: Trump and Putin meet for about two hours on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

The New York Post got a shoutout in one tweet.

The first question the subcommittee will investigate is what Trump said and heard in his closed-door meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn't launch an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the unnamed officials.

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

The revelation, reported by the Washington Post on Saturday, came a day after it was revealed the FBI had investigated whether Trump has been working on behalf of Russian Federation, against U.S. interests.

"Anybody could listen to that meeting, that meeting is open for grabs", Trump added.

"The FBI was in complete turmoil (see N.Y. Post) because of Comey's poor leadership", he tweeted.

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A White House spokesman told the Post that the Trump administration has looked to "improve the relationship with Russia" after the Obama administration "pursued a flawed "reset" policy that sought engagement for the sake of engagement".

But though Tillerson had declined during the news conference to say whether Trump had accepted or rejected Putin's denial, Trump administration officials said the only detail the interpreter would give them was that Trump responded by telling Putin, "I believe you".

Mr Schiff said meetings, contacts and communications between Mr Trump's associates and Russians, as well as "the web of lies about those interactions, and the president's own statements and actions", have heightened the need to follow the evidence where it leads.

Trump disclosed classified information about a terror plot, called former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey a "nut job", and said that firing Comey had removed "great pressure" on his relationship with Russian Federation.

"I mean, it's so ridiculous, these people making up", Trump said, claiming the Post is a "lobbyist" for Bezos' interests.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

Trump also reiterated that he had been tougher to Russian Federation than any of his predecessors.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and views it as an attempt to besmirch the legitimacy of his presidency.

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 inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security.

His former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for campaign finance and fraud crimes while his campaign chief Paul Manafort was convicted of financial fraud.

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