Published: Mon, January 14, 2019

Trump says would not mind releasing details of his conversations with Putin

Trump says would not mind releasing details of his conversations with Putin

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.

President Trump blasts the New York Times following their recent report that the FBI investigated if he was working on behalf of Russian Federation. "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".

Asked by Pirro if he'd ever worked on behalf of Russia, Trump did not directly answer the question.

"I had a conversation like every president does".

Trump's claim was disputed by Virginia Sen.

Adam Schiff, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted that Democrats on the committee had sought a year ago to obtain interpreters' notes or testimony about Trump's private meeting with Putin in Helsinki, but Republicans voted them down.

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.

On Friday, the New York Times published a story about an FBI probe into Trump's behavior following his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

Trump also wrote that those who initiated the investigations, mostly former FBI leaders he has fired for "very bad reasons", did it with "no reason and no proof" as a response to his firing of Comey.

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".

He said the easing is a particular misfire "given Mr. Deripaska's potential involvement with [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort".

He was also accused by The Washington Post of withholding information about talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The report cited unnamed current and former US officials. "I mean, it's so ridiculous", he told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, without directly denying the Post story. Anybody could have listened to that meeting.

"Why is he so chummy with Vladimir Putin, this man who is a former KGB agent, never been a friend to the United States, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world, and tries his damndest to undermine our elections, why is this President Trump's best buddy?"

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".

That is to say, it's an investigation into whether Trump is a Russian asset.

As a result, US officials told the Post, there exists "no detailed record, even in classified files", of Trump's meetings with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years.

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