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Trump says he has nothing to hide about meetings with Putin

Trump Repeatedly Took ‘Extraordinary’ Measures to Hide Details of Face-to-Face Meetings With Putin: Report US President Donald Trump has concealed details of his meetings with Russia's Vladimir Putin
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2019, 15:41

Citing unnamed former law enforcement officials, the Times reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened the combined criminal and counterintelligence probe into Trump in May of 2017.

Trump dismissed the notion in Saturday's interview, but without ever directly denying that he was working as a secret agent for Russian Federation.

In 2018 Trump refused to impose sanctions on Russian Federation that were passed into law nearly unanimously previous year and was created to punish Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA election.

But though Tillerson had declined during the news conference to say whether Trump had accepted or rejected Putin's denial, Trump administration officials said the only detail the interpreter would give them was that Trump responded by telling Putin, "I believe you".

Trump made the demand after a July 2017 meeting with the Russian president at the G-20 conclave in Hamburg, Germany, which was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the paper reported Saturday.

Trump has taken unusual steps to keep their conversations under wraps, according to the newspaper.

"We have learned from this reporting that, even in the earliest days of the Trump administration, the president's behavior was so erratic and so concerning that the FBI felt compelled to do the unprecedented - open a counterintelligence investigation into a sitting president", Mr Nadler said.

U.S. officials told The Post that no detailed records exist - even classified ones - of Trump's face-to-face conversations with Putin in five occasions over the last two years.

Trump called in to Fox News' Justice with Jeanine to discuss several tropics, including the newspaper's article, which was published on Friday, that revealed the president had been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in 2017 after James Comey was sacked as director of the federal agency.

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing.

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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.

No evidence has publicly emerged that Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian officials, the Times said.

When asked by Pirro on Saturday about the Times' report and whether he had ever worked for Russia, Trump said, "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked".

"It's called the "Failing New York Times" for a reason", he railed before turning his ire to Comey.

Trump went on to call Comey a liar and place the investigation at the feet of former FBI agents Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.

And Trump's former presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been convicted in one case brought by Mueller and pleaded guilty in another, over financial crimes related to his work in Ukraine before the 2016 campaign, and for witness tampering.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the Post's story is "outrageously inaccurate".

Trump also told Fox when asked about Putin that "no collusion" has been found between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, that he was a better candidate than Democrat Hillary Clinton, that the United States economy "is the strongest in the world", and that The Washington Post is "basically the lobbyist for Amazon", as both are owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos.

Mueller has indicted 33 people, including members of Russia's GRU military intelligence, and chalked up convictions against some of the president's close associates.

Trump's ex-national security advisor, Michael Flynn, has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties.

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