Donald Trump's Lawyer Denies Dossier Claims In Letter To Congress

Donald Trump's Lawyer Denies Dossier Claims In Letter To Congress

The decision was made "in the spirit of parity", the department said in a statement Thursday, indicating it was a direct response to the Kremlin's decision last month to force the expulsion of 755 USA diplomats and staff.

The Trump administration has ordered three Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States closed following the expulsion of American diplomats from Russia, the State Department said Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the Department of State told a news briefing the decision implied the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco and the trade missions in Washington and NY.

September 1, 2017 (EIRNS)-Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during his speech at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations today that the U.S. Congress is undermining Trump's intention to improve relations with Russian Federation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that his country would react with firmness to the US order.

The closures mark the latest development in a protracted tit-for-tat between Washington and Moscow that began last December, when President Barack Obama leveled new sanctions and expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. as punishment for Russia's presidential election meddling. Today's action not kicking out Russian diplomats but closing two trade mission annexes and the San Francisco consulate general, the oldest Russian consulate in the U.S. And a prominent Russian lawmaker tonight insisting "the U.S.is declaring the hot phase of diplomatic war".

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Still, Cohen's outreach shows that the Trump Organization was trying to contact Russian officials about business deals even as Trump was running for president.

Cohen also told Congressional investigators that Sater "constantly" pushed him to travel to Moscow as part of the negotiations, but that he declined to do so.

While many of 755 U.S. staffers had to expelled and return to the State Department, Washington is not asking to expel Russian staffers at the consulate and the annexes that were closed.

The letter also says Cohen was "not aware" of any "secret Trump campaign/Kremlin relationship", as described in the dossier. Despite Trumps desire to improve the bilateral relations between the two countries, the diplomatic rife continues. "The steps taken today by President Trump and his administration are wholly appropriate, and I am pleased the administration has signaled that it is prepared to take further action if necessary".

Career diplomats and foreign service officers were left "dumbfounded" and "frankly, insulted" after Trump thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month for the steep embassy cuts.

Those removals were part of sanctions against Russian Federation for allegedly interfering with the USA election through computer hacking and harassing US diplomats overseas.

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