Pompeo dismisses 'silly' report that Federal Bureau of Investigation probed Trump over Putin ties

14 January, 2019, 13:24 | Author: Sheila Harris
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The New York Times report-and a companion piece published Sunday in the Washington Post claiming that Trump has kept secret key details of his private conversations with Putin-serve to legitimize antidemocratic and unconstitutional conduct by the military-intelligence apparatus. But the interpreter told them that the president had taken the notes after the meeting, and had instructed the translator not to discuss the meeting, the former official said.

Trump made the comments in a telephone interview late on January 12 with Fox News, after The Washington Post reported that the US president "has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide details" of his conversations with Putin. "It was a great conversation".

"I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less. You sit with the president of various countries", Trump said.

Trump also said he had "a great conversation" with Putin during their one-on-one, almost two-hour meeting in Helsinki in July 2018.

The Post reported that the USA interpreter present at the official Hamburg meeting was approached by other administration officials seeking more information about what the two leaders discussed.

"The Washington Post story is so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response", she said in a statement.

While there is no evidence of a conspiracy between Trump and Moscow, the Times report itself is evidence of a conspiracy involving the intelligence agencies and the corporate media to overturn the 2016 presidential election-which Trump won, albeit within the undemocratic framework of the Electoral College-and install a government that would differ from Trump's chiefly in being more committed to military confrontation with Russian Federation in Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere.

A White House spokesman contacted by the Washington Post who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the administration has sought to "improve the relationship with Russian Federation".

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"There is an incredible divide between Washington and the rest of the country when it comes to Bob Mueller and the Russian Federation investigation", Cruz said.

One day after the New York Times made the claim, 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?'

On Sunday, congressional Democrats said the steps Trump took to keep his conversations secret brought forth uncomfortable questions about the relations between the two men and why the USA president echoed some of Putin's positions.

In the inquiry, counterintelligence investigators sought to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security. "I don't get it", Sen.

Mnuchin said the firms would face consequences including the reimposition of sanctions if they failed to comply with the terms.

'Anybody could have listened to that meeting, it is open for grabs.

The reports come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looms large in the background, punctuated by guilty pleas, convictions and indictments of former Trump associates.

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on Mon., July 16, 2018. "By any measure, President Obama was much easier, was much more gentle on Russia", Cruz said.


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