Trump Accused of Keeping Details of Putin Talks Secret

Erika Holt
January 14, 2019

US President Donald Trump avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation after a published report said federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about his behaviour after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they began investigating whether Trump had been working for the US adversary against American interests.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation", similarly dismissed the Post report, arguing that Trump's administration has been tough on Russian Federation and that concerns about the president's affinity for Putin are unfounded.

The report of the inquiry published in the New York Times was based on the testimonies of former United States law agents, and others involved in the case.

With new Washington Post reporting that President Donald Trump may have taken unprecedented, and potentially illegal, measures to hide the contents of private conversations with President Vladimir Putin, we are providing you with an update on several ongoing Russian threat streams. The probe is not just about Russian election interference, or about Trump's obstruction of the probe - it is about the secret relationship between Trump and Russia that appears to be causing both these things to happen. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written and if you read the [New York Times] article you see that they found absolutely nothing".

In Saturday's interview, Trump avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation. Warner accused the White House of being very slow to put in place the penalties.

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 U.S. adversary against American interests. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

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

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Robert Mueller has spent 20 months investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, and possible collusion between the Trump's campaign and Moscow.

In their message to Trump, the chairmen of the Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight committees say: "Our nation's laws prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress". Trump continued attacking Comey saying that the "FBI was in complete turmoil" with Comey leading it. Trump even said that Comey "was a crooked cop".

Also this weekend, the Washington Post reported that Trump "has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations" with Putin from members of his own administration-"including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials". The report cited unnamed current and former USA officials.

Their statement follows Trump's comments in a Fox News Channel interview in which he alleges potential legal problems involving a Cohen relative and takes digs at Cohen's honesty and own legal woes. "That meeting is up for grabs".

"Well, I would (release details of the conversations with Putin)..."

Mr Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the New York Times he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year-and-a-half ago and they had not heard anything, apparently "they found nothing".

Cruz also said he wasn't at all concerned about Trump going easy on Russian Federation, asserting former President Barack Obama was far worse. "If this really did happen, Congress needs to know about it and what I want to do is make sure how could the Federal Bureau of Investigation do that?"

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