Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

FBI investigated how Trump’s actions seemed to benefit Russian Federation

FBI investigated how Trump’s actions seemed to benefit Russian Federation

In an interview Saturday, President Trump disparaged two recent explosive reports about his dealings with the Kremlin, lashing out at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the news media and defending his interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an interview with ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Durbin noted key details about Putin's past and his actions as Russia's president: "This man who is a former KGB agent, never been a friend of the United States, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world, and tries his damnedest to undermine our elections".

"I would. I don't care", said Trump about revealing details of the discussion. We were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things and it was a great conversation.

"In fact, when I was sacked as director, I still didn't know whether there was anything to it", Comey said in testimony, according to the transcript.

"If you ask the folks in Russian Federation, I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other. probably any other president, period, but certainly the last three or four presidents".

Trump described the news report as "ridiculous".

The New York Post got a shoutout in one tweet.


"I'm in the White House, and majority are in different locations. Nobody ever says anything about it", he said. I meet with (Shinzo) Abe (of Japan), I meet with them.

The House Republican would not further describe the contents of the Baker transcript but said it was clear, based on his direct questioning of Baker, that in May 2017 "FBI senior leadership could not accept Comey was sacked for cause and the president had the constitutional authority to terminate Comey". Anybody could have listened to that meeting.

Trump has also repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russians.

The Post reported that Trump has gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide details of his conversations with Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was present at this particular meeting, though he has not elaborated beyond a brief readout.

Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Post that that a subcommittee will form to gather details of Trump's interactions with Putin. Trump frequently says the United States would be better off if it got along better with Russian Federation - and that position, right or wrong, is certainly not criminally suspect. Not even classified detailed records exist to document Trump and Putin's conversations. 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.

They discussed a range of options, including Rosenstein wearing a wire while speaking with Trump, which Rosenstein later denied.

"I have concluded that the Treasury Department's proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska's control and influence of these companies, and the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump Administration and keep these sanctions in place", the New York Democrat said in a statement.

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