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Trump blasts Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into whether he worked for Russian Federation

Trump blasts Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into whether he worked for Russian Federation

The first question to ask yourself when absorbing this story is, what does it mean for a president to be working for Russian Federation, and against the United States?

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.

No evidence has publicly emerged that Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian officials, the Times said. Russian Federation has denied interfering, and Trump has said repeatedly there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

"I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less".

The New York Times reported that the FBI launched the previously undisclosed counterintelligence investigation to determine whether Trump posed a national security threat, at the same time that it opened a criminal probe into possible obstruction of justice by the president.

"The Russians may calculate that Whelan, a military veteran who has said positive things about President Donald Trump on Russian social media, constitutes the ideal quo for their quid - both in their eyes and in Trump's ..." They also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.

The case was then referred to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into whether Russian agents interfered with the 2016 election, the Times reported, adding that it is not clear whether the special counsel has continued that part of the investigation.

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.




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. "I do it with all countries".

Comey appeared to respond to Trump's tweet, writing on Twitter: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made". "Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is up for grabs". "These people make it up", Trump said.

"This is just at odds with how presidents have conducted diplomacy for decades and decades In the United States", said Washington Post reporter Greg Miller in a Sunday interview with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

Senior U.S. officials told the Post they never received a reliable readout of Mr. Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

There remains no detailed record, even in classified files, of face-to-face meetings between Trump and Putin from five locations over the past two years, the report said. Mr. Trump said he believed the Russian president, contradicting the conclusions of the US intelligence community.

"In fact, when I was sacked as director, I still didn't know whether there was anything to it", Comey said in testimony, according to the transcript.

"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me, and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation", the president said at the time. "I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be".


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