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Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russian Federation

GettyImages-1081127244 Trump blasts FBI probe into whether he worked for Russia
Kenny Thornton | 14 January, 2019, 13:27

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 probe.

The interview comes as the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee intends to investigate the claims made in the New York Times report.

"Will they join us now?" Schiff wrote on Twitter.

The administration appears unlikely to acquiesce to such a demand without a fight.

Cruz was responding to a report by The New York Times which revealed that Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey resulted in a counterintelligence investigation into whether the president was working for the Russian government, either intentionally or otherwise.

On Sunday, congressional Democrats said the steps Trump took to keep his conversations secret brought forth uncomfortable questions about the relations between the two men and why the USA president echoed some of Putin's positions. After all, if Trump is Putin's agent, then a Trump declaration of a state of emergency, giving him sweeping, near-absolute authority, would put the United States under the control of Moscow. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on ABC's "This Week". "And when you get outside the Beltway, I don't find anybody concerned with this at all", Cruz said.

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"I'm not keeping anything under wraps". But Trump waved off their queries, leaving the officials to rely exclusively on a brief readout that Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state at the time, had provided to the news media, according to the former official. No administration officials or aides were in the room for that talk. 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.

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. They also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow. That, according to the Post, was when USA officials became aware of Trump's efforts.

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing. For supporters, Trump's actions are evidence that he must go to extreme lengths to prevent leaks and is a nontraditional politician pursuing new approaches to old problems. The counterintelligence investigation, according to the Times, was in part spurred by Mr. Trump's remarks on two occasions that Comey's firing was related to the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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

"I know what the president likes to do", McCarthy said on "Face the Nation".

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