Sen. Johnson: 'Up To' Trump Who He Reads in On Putin Conversations

Russia's President Vladimir Putin greets U.S. President Donald Trump as First lady Melania Trump stands nearby during a meeting in Helsinki Finland

Interpreter Ethics Back in Spotlight as Trump Slammed for'Secret Putin Talks Sputnik Alexei Nikolsky

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was Central Intelligence Agency director at the time the investigation was launched, declined to comment on the New York Times report, but insisted in an interview with CBS that "the notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement calling the Post story "so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response". The senator also suggested that his Texas constituency cares more about border security and economic policies than Mueller's investigation into Russian Federation campaign meddling and possible collusion between the then-presidential candidate's campaign team and Moscow officials. "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation".

Pirro brought up the topic during a wide-ranging interview, saying, "New York Times reported that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation the day after you fired James Comey in may of '17".

When asked whether the Senate should subpoena a translator so they can see what Trump and Putin have discussed behind closed doors, Cruz said he would like to learn "a little more" but that it would be premature to take that action.

President Donald Trump avoided directly answering when asked whether he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation after a published report said law enforcement officials, concerned about his behavior after he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017, had begun investigating that possibility.

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

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After a G-20 meeting in Hamburg in July 2017, the president took possession of his interpreter's notes and instructed the linguist "not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials", the Post reported, citing current and former USA officials.

"I mean, I had a conversation like every president does". There has been a confusing and sometimes even alarming tendency on the part of President Trump to complement President Putin and to do things like his abrupt announcement of a withdrawal from Syria that led his own secretary of defense to resign, that has led many of us to question his closeness to and his affinity for President Putin. "Anyone could have listened to that meeting".

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".

"Here's the bottom line", the president said. "If this really did happen, Congress needs to know about it and what I want to do is make sure how could the Federal Bureau of Investigation do that?"

A senior United States Senator would not rule out the possibility that President Donald Trump acted as a Russian agent during the 2016 campaign. He saids Deripaska himself and any companies he controls remain under sanctions.

The president also pointed out that the miscreants involved in the counterintelligence investigation were eventually fired themselves. Deripaska has figured into the investigation due to his ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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