Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russian Federation

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on border security at the White House on Friday

A House Republican's line of questioning 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, Fox News has learned.

"I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written", Trump said.

Contacted by Fox, U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, confirmed his questions to former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker uncovered the claims, some of which were first reported Friday by the New York Times. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle. Trump repeated to Pirro his frequent criticism that the investigation is a "hoax".

Coons said, "That was a concerning, even alarming report".

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump had gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide the specifics of his conversations with Putin. "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation".

"In the coming weeks, the Judiciary Committee will take steps to better understand both the President's actions and the FBI's response to that behavior, and to make certain that these career investigators are protected from President Trump's increasingly unhinged attacks", he said.

"Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?"Jeanine Pirro of Fox News asked him in an interview Saturday".

"I am going to ask the FBI director - was there a counterintelligence investigation opened up regarding the president as being a potential agent of the Russians?"

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He said that he fired Comey because he was "a bad liar, and he did a awful job as the FBI director" and called the former director's handling of the Clinton email probe "one of the biggest screw-ups that anybody's ever seen as an investigation".

Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Post that that a subcommittee will form to gather details of Trump's interactions with Putin. "It suggests to me that the Mueller investigation needs to continue to its logical conclusion".

"Anybody could have listened to that meeting", he said. USA intelligence agencies have said Moscow tried to tip the election to Trump.

"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.

Senate Democrats will force a vote this week to overturn the Treasury Department's move to relax sanctions on companies connected to a Russian oligarch, pushing the various facets of the 2016 Russia election meddling probe back to the forefront. He saids Deripaska himself and any companies he controls remain under sanctions.

His former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for campaign finance and fraud crimes while his campaign chief Paul Manafort was convicted of financial fraud.

Warner predicted some Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate would join Democrats in voting to override the removal of these sanctions.

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