Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Says He's 'Not Keeping Anything Under Wraps,' About Meetings With Putin

Trump Says He's 'Not Keeping Anything Under Wraps,' About Meetings With Putin

Ratcliffe said he was surprised to read Friday's New York Times report, which quoted part of his Baker interview, and reported that after the Comey firing "law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior" that they began investigating whether Trump was working on behalf of Russian Federation.

An FBI agent said in an affidavit attached to a 2017 search warrant unsealed earlier this year that he had reviewed tax returns for a company controlled by Manafort and his wife that showed a $10 million loan from a Russian lender identified as Deripaska. There have already been concerns by special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump's firing of Comey constituted an act of obstruction of justice. Trump has taken unusual steps to keep their conversations under wraps, according to the newspaper.

"Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia", Pirro asked him with a smile. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written".

During a phone interview on "Justice with Judge Jeanine", Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening that the stories were "all nonsense".

Comey at the time was leading an investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Passage of the resolution of disapproval of Treasury's decision would require the approval of both the Democratic-majority house and the Senate, led by Trump's fellow Republicans who are unlikely to break with his policy.

USA intelligence agencies have said Moscow tried to tip the election to Trump.

Warner is a member of the 'Gang of Eight, ' a bipartisan group of senior lawmakers from the House and Senate who receive classified intelligence briefings from the White House.

Top Republican lawmakers appeared unfazed Sunday by reports that President Donald Trump has "gone to extraordinary lengths" to hide his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the last two years. According to the story, Trump's actions included "taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials", such as former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

The investigation the FBI opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

In addition to the Mueller probe, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been conducting a parallel investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections. "Anyone could have listened to that meeting". The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

The Times reported the counterintelligence probe was sparked in part by growing alarm about Trump's behavior, including comments he made suggesting he fired Comey over the Russian Federation investigation, which is now being led by Mueller. "I want to see this wall get built".

Trump's 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".

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