GOP Shrugs Off Report That Trump Concealed Details Of Putin Meetings

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe R-Texas says his questions uncovered revelations that in May 2017 senior FBI leadership debated whether President Trump was directed by the Russian government to fire FBI Director James Comey

That account followed another in The New York Times that the FBI became so alarmed after Trump fired director James Comey in May 2017 that it opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was acting on Russia's behalf. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said of President Donald Trump's relationship with his Russian counterpart after a series of recent reports provoked more "serious questions" about their interactions, and as public anticipation continues to build over the forthcoming results of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. And the investigation was whether you were actively working for Russian Federation or unwittingly.

A new report in The Washington Post said Trump went to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin even from high-ranking officials in his own administration.

Graham, for his part, told The Hill on Sunday, "I, for one, don't trust what I read in the New York Times", but also that he plans to ask current Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray to confirm the details of the reporting.

A protester with a poster of Trump and Putin outside the Phoenix Convention Center where Trump was holding a rally in August 2017.

The House Republican would not further describe the contents of the Baker transcript but said it was clear, based on his direct questioning of Baker, that in May 2017 "FBI senior leadership could not accept Comey was sacked for cause and the president had the constitutional authority to terminate Comey".

When asked by Pirro about the story, Trump said he and Putin had "a great conversation".

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

A published report shows federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about Mr Trump's behaviour after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they began investigating whether he had been working for the USA adversary against American interests.

"I mean it's so ridiculous", he added, before taking a swipe at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who has been in the news lately for an ugly divorce after his sexts with former "Extra" and Fox News host Lauren Sanchez surfaced. Yet White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the story by The New York Times by saying "This is absurd". I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written.

These new reports came amidst the a partial shutdown of the federal government that entered 23rd day Sunday, and is now the longest in U.S. history, impacting an estimated 800,000 employees, who have either being furloughed - on leave without pay - or as working without pay. You sit with the president of various countries. Anybody could have listened to that meeting. He also accused the Post of fabricating the report. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the new committee chairman, to hold investigative hearings into whether Trump has been "compromised by" Russian Federation. "I meet with all of them, but nobody says anything". "That meeting is open for grabs", Trump said, denying the Post report. "I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be".

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