Trump concealed details of Putin meeting

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on border security at the White House on Friday

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on border security at the White House on Friday

Trump's actions are "part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States' main adversaries".

According to the Post there is no detailed record of Trump's personal talks with Putin at five locations over the past two years.

According to the newspaper, the meeting with Putin took place in Hamburg in July 2017, which was also attended by the then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

At the same time that the FBI opened a probe into 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, a source familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday.

A US House of Representatives committee will look into a newspaper report the FBI investigated whether President Donald Trump has been working on behalf of Russian Federation, against US interests, the panel's Democratic chairman says.

In an interview with Fox News, US President Donald Trump said he had never tried to hide anything about his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I have many one-on-one, nobody ever says anything about it, but with Putin they say, 'Oh what did they talk about?' We talked about very positive things, ' Trump added, saying that Israel was among the topics discussed. 'Anybody could have listened to that meeting, it is open for grabs.

He did not elaborate on how anyone could obtain details of the meeting.

"Over time it got harder and harder, I think, because of a sense from Trump himself that the leaks of the call transcripts were harmful to him", said a former administration official. "I think it the most insulting article I've ever had written and if you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing".

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Trump has made a number of decisions during his time as president that have benefitted Putin whilst simultaneously confounding his closest officials and advisors.

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the investigation into Mr Trump days after the FBI opened it, as he examined allegations of Russian election interference, the Times reported.

The Times said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told The New Yorker that his first act will be to create a subcommittee tasked with investigating Trump. "They've actually gotten me wrong for many years before that", Trump said.

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

Trump's ex-national security advisor, Michael Flynn, has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties.

The FBI had been suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign, but it held off on opening a probe until the president sacked Comey, who refused to roll back the Russian Federation investigation, the Times said.

Trump's former presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been convicted in one case brought by Mueller and pleaded guilty in another, over financial crimes related to his work in Ukraine before the 2016 campaign, and for witness tampering.

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