Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

"I know what the president likes to do". "How could the Federal Bureau of Investigation do that?"

McCarthy said on Fox & Friends that he's surprised people are "whipped up" about a New York Times report of a secret FBI investigation into whether Trump was working on behalf of Russian Federation shortly after he fired former director James Comey.

Warner said the United States government still does not know what took place in Trump's meetings with Putin, including another in Helsinki last summer where Trump appeared to embrace Putin's claim, rejected by USA intelligence, that his country had nothing to do with an interference effort in the 2016 election.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is close to Trump and chairs the Judiciary Committee, said he intends to ask the FBI director if there was a counterintelligence investigation into the president. Trump has angrily denied allegations that he worked with Russian Federation and has regularly attacked the media for reporting on the investigation.

President Donald Trump avoided directly answering when asked whether he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation after a published report said law enforcement officials, concerned about his behavior after he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017, had begun investigating that possibility.

Trump rejected the Times story on Saturday, telling Fox News it was "the most insulting article I've ever had written".

The FBI and special counsel declined to comment. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also derided the Times account, calling it "absolutely ludicrous" in a Saturday interview on CBS.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was Central Intelligence Agency director at the time the investigation was launched, declined to comment on the New York Times report, but insisted in an interview with CBS that "the notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous".

Democratic lawmakers on Sunday said the report underscored the need for legislation to protect the Mueller probe.

Trump never answered Pirro's question directly, but went on to say that no president has taken a harder stance against Russian Federation than he has.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump had gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide the specifics of his conversations with Putin. But Trump pointed out that having discussions with world leaders is something that is normal and should not be scrutinized.

What did the Washington Post report?

"This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the USA government saying, 'Oh, my God, the president's words and actions lead us to conclude that somehow he has become a witting, unwitting, or half-witting pawn, certainly in some regards, to Vladimir Putin, '" Bernstein explained during his appearance on Reliable Sources. Trump repeated to Pirro his frequent criticism that the investigation is a "hoax".

Barr is scheduled to testify before the committee on Tuesday and Wednesday. "It suggests to me that the Mueller investigation needs to continue to its logical conclusion". He also said Barr must allow Mueller to release a copy of his final report to the public. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

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