Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Trump Says He's 'Not Keeping Anything Under Wraps,' About Meetings With Putin

Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2019, 01:31

The first, published by the New York Times on Friday, revealed the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into the president the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey.

President Trump said the question was the most insulting thing he's ever been asked and proceeded to slam fired officials from the bureau who led the initial investigation. The interpreter revealed only that Mr. Trump replied "I believe you" when Putin denied meddling in the US elections, according to the Post.

A new report in The Washington Post said Trump went to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin even from high-ranking officials in his own administration.

"Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?"Jeanine Pirro of Fox News asked him in an interview Saturday".

The Post reported that Trump has gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide details of his conversations with Putin.

The House Republican would not further describe the contents of the Baker transcript but said it was clear, based on his direct questioning of Baker, that in May 2017 "FBI senior leadership could not accept Comey was sacked for cause and the president had the constitutional authority to terminate Comey".

"I do think it's curious that throughout that whole summer when these investigations started, you had (Russian President) Vladimir Putin's policies nearly being parroted by Donald Trump", Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said on the CNN "State of the Union" program.

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 open an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the unnamed officials.

Senator Chris Coons, a Democratic member of the judiciary committee, said he plans to press Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, for a pledge to let Mueller complete his work.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the story was so outrageously inaccurate it didn't even warrant a response.

In his appearance on Fox News on Saturday, Trump denied that he was keeping anything under wraps on his meetings with Putin.

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. "I mean, I had a conversation like every president does". "Anyone could have listened to that meeting".

"The notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous".

Former US officials told the The Washington Post that Trump's behavior is at odds with the known practice of previous presidents, who rely on senior aides to witness such meetings. He and other Democratic senators said this report and others within the past week questioning Trump's behavior toward Russian Federation give new urgency to the need for the Mueller investigation to be allowed to run its course. At the same time, & as I have often said, getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing.

Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be".