At the same time the FBI opened a probe into President Donald 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, according to a source familiar with the matter.
"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", Mr Trump said.
A protester with a poster of Trump and Putin outside the Phoenix Convention Center where Trump was holding a rally in August 2017.
"This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the USA government saying, 'Oh, my God, the president's words and actions lead us to conclude that somehow he has become a witting, unwitting, or half-witting pawn, certainly in some regards, to Vladimir Putin, '" Bernstein explained during his appearance on Reliable Sources.
Needless to say, this is all very unusual behavior for a United States president, and Trump has not attempted to hide his interactions with other world leaders. "Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working On Behalf Of Russia" and suggested that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey had inspired such doubt in others within the agency that they began digging for connections between Trump and Russia.
Trump's denials follow a Washington Post report Saturday that "U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump's face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years".
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the Post's report "inaccurate" in a statement. Trump has taken unusual steps to keep their conversations under wraps, according to the newspaper.
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The reports, and Trump's harsh criticisms of them, come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election continues.
"I mean it's so ridiculous", he added, before taking a swipe at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who has been in the news lately for an ugly divorce after his sexts with former "Extra" and Fox News host Lauren Sanchez surfaced. You sit with the president of various countries.
"The notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous". "Anyone could have listened to that meeting".
"This is just at odds with how presidents have conducted diplomacy for decades and decades In the United States", said Washington Post reporter Greg Miller in a Sunday interview with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.
"I really think that the investigation was about Trump from the beginning", McCarthy said. At the same time, & as I have often said, getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing.
Trump made the demand after a July 2017 meeting with the Russian president at the G-20 conclave in Hamburg, Germany, which was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the paper reported Saturday. "I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be".