Trump Accused of Keeping Details of Putin Talks Secret

Special counsel Robert Mueller is thought to be in the final stages of an investigation that has focused largely on whether Trump or his associates conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign

U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly took active measures to hide what was discussed in meetings with Russia President Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

President Donald Trump didn't hold back from once again unleashing his opinion about the New York Times on Saturday.

Such standard reactions from Trump "do nothing to address the incredibly serious nature of these allegations", said Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

I had a conversation like every president does.

"I mean, it's so ridiculous, these people making up", Trump said, claiming the Post is a "lobbyist" for Bezos' interests.

The US president said he met one-on-one with many world leaders but the meetings with Mr Putin were all that were focused on. I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less. 'Anybody could have listened to that meeting, it is open for grabs.

Trump's alleged actions frustrated administration officials, since they were never able to obtain a "comprehensive account of the meeting", the Post reported.

The newspaper quotes unnamed current and former government officials as sources for the story.

Trump said that it was "the most insulting article I've ever had written [about me]" on Saturday, and asserted that he has been "tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other - probably any other president period".

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The White House launched internal leak hunts after that and other episodes, and sharply curtailed the distribution within the National Security Council of memos on the president's interactions with foreign leaders.

Trump also raged on Saturday at a New York Times report according to which law enforcement officials became so alarmed by his 2017 dismissal of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey that they began probing whether he had been working for Russian Federation against United States interests.

The FBI investigation was later folded into the broader probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible collaboration by the Trump campaign.

Trump reacted on Saturday during a telephone interview broadcast on Fox News Channel after host Jeanine Pirro asked whether he is now or has ever worked for Russian Federation.

"Over time it got harder and harder, I think, because of a sense from Trump himself that the leaks of the call transcripts were harmful to him", said a former administration official.

The president directly responded to the accusations during an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, pledging transparency about his encounters with Putin, specifically their meeting in Helsinki last summer.

Speaking to Fox News after the Washington Post story was published, Trump dismissed the notion that he had taken steps to stifle the meetings' contents.

The New York Times said FBI officials became suspicious of Mr Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but held off on opening an investigation until Mr Trump tied his dismissal of Mr Comey to a probe into allegations of election meddling by Russian Federation.

Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison for multiple crimes, including felony violations of campaign finance laws that prosecutors allege were carried out under Trump's direction. The FBI was concerned President Trum could be actively working for Russian Federation.

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