Published: Mon, January 14, 2019

Trump denies hiding detail of Putin summit talks from staff

Trump denies hiding detail of Putin summit talks from staff

President Donald Trump has avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation after a published report said his behavior gave federal law enforcement officials reason to begin investigating whether he had worked for the USA adversary. "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". The three spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

On Saturday, Pirro also asked the president about a Washington Post report published Saturday saying Mr. Trump had gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide the details of several of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin from other officials in his administration. Trump took possession of his interpreter's notes after a 2017 meeting in Hamburg and instructed the linguist not to discuss the matter with other administration officials, the Post said, citing current and former USA officials.

"Anybody could have listened to that meeting", he said. 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.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement calling the Post story "so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response". Trump has taken unusual steps to keep their conversations under wraps, according to the newspaper.

With Democrats taking over the House, though, Trump can expect that they will be launching investigations to find out exactly what the two men talked about.

By Sunday night, a blanket of snow in Washington seemed to provide a calming backdrop for the discontented president.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a prominent Republican, told "Fox News Sunday" that he does not trust the Times, but added that "if this really did happen, Congress needs to know about it". He was a Crooked Cop.who is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller, & the 13 Angry Democrats - leaking machines who have NO interest in going after the Real Collusion (and much more) by Crooked Hillary Clinton, her Campaign, and the Democratic National Committee. Warner accused the White House of being very slow to put in place the penalties.

Trump most recently made the claim following a published report that his behavior in the early months of his presidency gave federal law enforcement officials reason to begin investigating whether he had worked for Russian Federation against American interests.

And Adam Schiff, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted that Democrats on the committee had sought past year to obtain interpreters' notes or testimony about Trump's private meeting with Putin in Helsinki, but Republicans voted them down. "I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be".

Investigators led by former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller are trying to establish whether there was any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign team and the Russian state to help get him elected.

Cell phone records show that Cohen was near Prague during the summer of 2016, supporting claims that he met there with Russian officials during the presidential election campaign, McClatchy news service has reported. 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.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the counterintelligence inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing".

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