Trump and Russia: Americans need answers
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 16, 2019,
Jan 16, 2019, 0:30
They also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.
The Washington Post also reported that Trump had concealed details of his conversations with Putin, including an instance in 2017 when the president took the notes of his interpreter and instructed him not to discuss the meeting.
"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", Trump told Jeanine Pirro, a personal friend. 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. Mr. Trump said he simply had a conversation with Putin, as he would with any world leader.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials started investigating whether Trump "was knowingly working for Russian Federation or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence" because of his behavior after he fired former FBI chief James Comey in May 2017.
Speaking from the South Lawn before departing the White House for New Orleans, Trump called former Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials "known scoundrels" and "dirty cops".
"I never worked for Russia", Trump told reporters as he prepared to leave the White House for an event in New Orleans.
For opponents of the president, there are no innocent explanations for Trump's actions, which are possible evidence that Trump has colluded with Russian Federation, a question at the heart of the special counsel inquiry.
The Post said he also told the interpreter not to talk to other administration officials about what was said in the meetings. McCabe made the decision to open the counterintelligence component of the investigation of Trump. President Trump, if viewing, must be pleased.
Several former Trump top aides, including national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and several Russians are among dozens caught up in Mueller's probe.
"Clearly, the president didn't like leaks and to reiterate what a lot of people have said about this story since then", Doocy reiterated, before adding "This is not a conventional president".
The Times report also included references to Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, FBI officials who were having an affair and exchanged text messages critical of Trump during the 2016 campaign.
"The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too", he said. 'Anybody could have listened to that meeting, it is open for grabs.
This alleged inquiry was eventually merged into an ongoing criminal probe of Trump's relations with Russian Federation before his election in 2016, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller is believed to be nearing the end of his investigation and is expected to write a report on his findings.