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GOP Shrugs Off Report That Trump Concealed Details Of Putin Meetings

GOP Shrugs Off Report That Trump Concealed Details Of Putin Meetings

He was referring to a New York Times report Friday night that law enforcement officials were so anxious about President Trump's behavior just days after he fired James Comey as FBI director that they launched an investigation into whether the president was working for Russian Federation against American interests. On the other was the possibility that Trump didn't have an improper relationship with the Kremlin and was acting within the bounds of his executive authority, the transcripts show.

Johnson speculated that Trump felt "burned earlier by leaks of other private conversations" between him and other world leaders, prompting his effort to keep interactions with Putin from members of his own administration. "The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too", Baker told House investigators previous year. But Trump's behavior in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing as FBI director, specifically two instances in which he seemed to tie Comey's ousting to the Russian Federation investigation, helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the investigation, according to the newspaper. The big move: He reportedly took the notes of his interpreter after meeting with Putin in Helsinki and ordered the linguist not to tell other White House officials what transpired.

The Russia reports came as Trump plays up his presence at the White House during the standoff with Democrats over funding for his long-promised wall at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, also told CNN on Sunday that whether Trump was a witting or unwitting agent of is "the defining question" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump. The Times depicts a highly politicized intelligence agency whose officials carefully monitor the activities of the two main capitalist parties, keeping a vigilant eye out for any deviations from the national security consensus in Washington. 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.

'Anybody could have listened to that meeting, it is open for grabs.




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".

"So the questions I get are not about the latest obsession and allegations about Russia, Russia, Russia".

He said that the report only suggests that after Comey was sacked in May of 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department "very rashly" thought they found a crime of obstruction against Trump.

The president also hinted that the Russian Federation collusion "hoax" would soon backfire badly on the perpetrators, including some individuals whom he didn't identify because it would make "front page news" if he did.

Warner and Johnson spoke on CNN's "State of the Union", while Coons and Graham appeared on "Fox News Sunday".


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