Trump denies ever working for Russian Federation, blasts investigators

Trump denies ever working for Russian Federation, blasts investigators

The Post report followed an earlier story by The New York Times that said the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation into Trump in 2017 after he fired then-Director James Comey.

Trump told reporters on Monday that he didn't "know anything about it", and went on to say that the conversation with the Russian president "was a very successful meeting".

Trump said Monday he had nothing to hide from his private two hours of talks with Putin in July at their Helsinki summit, where only interpreters were in the room with the two leaders. "It's a disgrace that you even asked that question because it's a whole big fat hoax".

"It's just a hoax", Trump added.

"I never worked for Russia", Trump said.

Trump went on to assert that no president has taken a harder stance against Russian Federation than he has.

Mr. Trump spent the snowy weekend in Washington lashing out on Twitter and Fox News against Democrats, and over explosive reports in the Washington Post and New York Times raising further questions about his relationship with the Kremlin. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

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Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee that has been investigating Trump campaign links with Russian Federation, told CNN on Sunday that at times Trump has "almost parroted" Putin's policies. 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 report, published last week, noted that the bureau launched the investigation due to Trump's behavior shortly after Comey's ouster. Trump didn't directly answer the question in a Saturday Fox News interview.

Trump said the Times's account of the mid-2017 FBI investigation of him was "a very frightful thing".

The Times report on the FBI investigation said the bureau made a decision to act after Trump fired the then director, James Comey in 2017.

However, top advisor Kellyanne Conway reiterated Monday the administration's frequent assertion that Trump has in fact been tough on Russian Federation, one of Washington's key rivals and sometimes outright adversaries.

Now with Democrats in control of the intelligence committee and other chairmanships, there may be a renewed push to try to compel more disclosure by the executive branch, and one beyond just the intelligence panel. They're about when are we actually going to secure the border? "We have those meetings all the time".

Past year 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. "Shouldn't we find out whether our president is really putting 'America first?'"

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