Trump lashes out over dual reports on relationship with Russian Federation

Trump blasts FBI probe into whether he worked for Russia

"I mean, it's so ridiculous", he told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, without directly denying the Post story.

A former senior administration official said a number of top figures in the administration sought in the hours and days after the meeting to find out details of what Trump and Putin had discussed.

Current and former U.S. officials told the paper that Trump's efforts include confiscating the notes from his interpreter and not allowing them to discuss the details of the meetings with other officials in his administration. 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. The secrecy "is not only unusual by historical standards, it is outrageous", says Strobe Talbot, former deputy secretary of state under Bill Clinton. Their only disagreement with Trump is over which faction of the ruling elite, Trump or his opponents in the Democratic Party, should direct the repression.

A year ago both House and Senate Democrats called on Trump's interpreters to testify on the president's meetings with Putin, including the leaders' July summit in Helsinki.

In Saturday's interview, Trump avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation.

Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told NPR his committee will investigate Trump's interactions with Putin.

So lets get something straight here: we have ISIS and other terrorist organizations around the world who want to do us harm and the Democrats oppose President Trump so much that they're willing to put America even further at risk?

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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.

US intelligence agencies have said Moscow tried to tip the election to Trump.

There have already been concerns by special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump's firing of Comey constituted an act of obstruction of justice.

A separate source said Baker told investigators the internal FBI debate over the president's decision to fire Comey on May 9, 2017, included personnel who have since left the bureau for cause, retired, or have been demoted. "I do it with all countries".

"It's curious that throughout that whole summer when these investigations started, you had Vladimir Putin policies nearly being parroted by Donald Trump", Warner told CNN's "State of the Union". "Unless she's destroyed them, they would be of interest", he said. "That meeting is open for grabs".

Asked whether he'd like Congress to investigate the matter, including potentially calling the president's translator to testify, McCarthy said, "I'd like the president to be able to build these relationships".

Whatever the facts, Democrats are eyeing a major dust-up and a chance to spend floor time blasting President Trump over allegations of election conspiracy with the Russians, along with the opportunity to make GOP lawmakers take a vote either defending or implicitly condemning the president.

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