Sen. Coons: Trump's 'Closeness' to Putin Is 'Alarming'

Sen. Coons: Trump's 'Closeness' to Putin Is 'Alarming'

Current and former US officials told the Post that after a 2017 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, Trump took his interpreter's notes and told her not to speak of details of the meeting with other administration officials.

There remains no detailed record, even in classified files, of face-to-face meetings between Trump and Putin from five locations over the past two years, the report said.

When asked by Pirro about the story, Trump said he and Putin had "a great conversation". I mean, it's so ridiculous.

He said the easing is a particular misfire "given Mr. Deripaska's potential involvement with [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort".

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the counterintelligence inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing". The secrecy "is not only unusual by historical standards, it is outrageous", says Strobe Talbot, former deputy secretary of state under Bill Clinton.

With Democrats taking over the House, though, Trump can expect that they will be launching investigations to find out exactly what the two men talked about.

The Washington Post story is the second in 24 hours to highlight Trump's unusual dealings with Russian Federation and its leader.

At the same time the FBI opened a probe into President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey, counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee has disputed President Donald Trump's claim that he's been tougher on Russian Federation than any recent president.

Sanders called the report "absurd".

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".

He said: "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked". "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written".

Durbin's remarks come as Mueller is expected to finalize a report as early as next month that will detail his findings from the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and any collusion or obstruction of justice by Trump's campaign or administration-a report which, as Common Dreamsreported this week, the president's attorneys may try to keep out of the hands of federal lawmakers and the public by claiming executive privilege.

The House Republican would not further describe the contents of the Baker transcript but said it was clear, based on his direct questioning of Baker, that in May 2017 "FBI senior leadership could not accept Comey was sacked for cause and the president had the constitutional authority to terminate Comey".

Comey appeared to respond to Trump's tweet, writing on Twitter: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made".

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing.

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