House Democrats Will Take a Closer Look into FBI Trump Investigation

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"The Washington Post is nearly as bad, or probably as bad, as the New York Times", Trump said.

The Trump administration "has imposed significant new sanctions in response to Russian malign activities", said the spokesman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity and noted that Tillerson in 2017 "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other U.S. officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press".

In the past U.S. presidents have made great effort to have their meetings with Russian leaders well documented, to allow top diplomats and security officials to study what was said and possible implications.

"That comes back to the question, again, of why the president wanted to do this?" she asked.

As for his conversations with Putin, he said: "I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less". The Post said it wasn't clear if there were other instances when Trump took his interpreter's notes after meeting with Putin.

Discussing a report that Donald Trump has asked that an interpreter destroy notes related to private meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a national security expert in the Obama administration said it was likely that it would draw scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller.

One day after the New York Times made the claim, Fox New's Jeanine Pirro posed the question to Trump in an interview on Saturday night, asking: 'Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?'

Former US officials told the The Washington Post that Trump's behavior is at odds with the known practice of previous presidents, who rely on senior aides to witness such meetings.

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In a series of early-morning tweets Trump said that the agency had opened a probe "for no reason and with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze".

'I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked, ' Trump replied.

Ratcliffe called the Baker transcript leak "selective", adding that the full transcript of the October 18 interview, which is undergoing a classification review by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, reveals "that in May 2017, political bias infected senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership, and emotion - not evidence - drove their decision making".

Sanders called the report "absurd".

The meeting in Hamburg happened several months after The Washington Post and other news organisations revealed details about what Trump had told senior Russian officials during a meeting with Russian officials in the Oval Office. She also disputed that Trump had ever been soft on Russian Federation.

The New York Times said FBI officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign, but held off on opening an investigation until Trump tied his dismissal of Comey to a probe into allegations of election meddling by Russian Federation.

Mueller has indicted 33 people in the probe and convicted some of the president's close associates. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russian Federation sought to install through what US intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.

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.

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