Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump calls question on whether he ever worked for Russian Federation 'insulting'

Trump calls question on whether he ever worked for Russian Federation 'insulting'

"It's been many months since Helsinki, and we still don't know what Putin and Trump talked about", Engel said, referencing Trump's bilateral meeting with the Russian strongman previous year and the subsequent press conference, during which Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial of election meddling over the assessment of American intelligence agencies.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissed as "silly" a news report that the FBI investigated President Trump to determine if he was a national security threat because of his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Trump surprised his aides by deciding, with just a few hours' notice, to call in to Jeanine Pirro's show on Fox News on Saturday night to push back against coverage of his presidency on multiple fronts, particularly published reports about his approach toward Russian Federation.

He said: "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked". 'I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written'.

Then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended Mr. Trump's first official meeting with Putin, but the two presidents also spoke for up to an hour at dinner, a conversation the White House did not acknowledge for almost two weeks. Warner accused the White House of being very slow to put in place the penalties. They also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.

The FBI had also began looking into whether Mr. Trump had obstructed justice when he fired Comey, an aspect of the investigation that was already widely known.

The reports come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looms large in the background, punctuated by guilty pleas, convictions and indictments of former Trump associates. 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 Washington Post story is so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response", she said in a statement.

The Times published the article in an effort to revive the anti-Russia campaign against Trump, promoting the unsubstantiated and highly dubious claim that Trump is a Russian agent.

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.

In the Fox News interview, Trump questioned why the newspaper made such a "big deal" out of his discussions with Putin in Helsinki last summer. "That meeting is up for grabs".

"It's up to him in terms of who he wants to read into his conversations with world leaders", Johnson said, adding: "In the end I'm going to judge this president based on his actions".

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.

Schumer announced the decision early Sunday, saying there are too many questions about why the Treasury Department is cutting a break to three companies associated with Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska has figured into the investigation due to his ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Warner predicted some Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate would join Democrats in voting to override the removal of these sanctions.

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