Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Federal Bureau of Investigation 'checked if Trump was working for Russia'

Federal Bureau of Investigation 'checked if Trump was working for Russia'

Mr Trump took notes from his interpreter made during a 2017 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg and took other steps to hide details of their conversations, a report in the Washington Post said on Saturday.

Johnson speculated that Trump felt "burned earlier by leaks of other private conversations" between him and other world leaders, prompting his effort to keep interactions with Putin from members of his own administration.

"That's some real corruption in the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said of McCabe's alleged lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as uncovered by an Inspector Generals's report.

"I'm not keeping anything under wraps". US intelligence agencies have said Moscow tried to tip the election to Trump.

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Former deputy secretary of state Strobe Talbott told the Post that Trump's behavior "is not only unusual by historical standards, it is outrageous".

His press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement Saturday that the latest charges are "absurd", adding, "James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack. 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.

US President Donald Trump avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation after a published report said federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about his behaviour after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they began investigating whether Trump had been working for the US adversary against American interests.

But it held off on opening an investigation until the president sacked Comey, who refused to pledge allegiance to Trump and roll back the nascent Russian Federation investigation.

Sanders called the report "absurd". And the investigation was whether you were actively working for Russian Federation or unwittingly.

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Asked in an interview with Fox News late Saturday "are you now or have you ever worked for Russia", Trump responded: "I think that's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked".

Trump went on to attack the "failing" New York Times as "a disaster of a newspaper", adding, "And if you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing".

Contacted by Fox, U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, confirmed his questions to former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker uncovered the claims, some of which were first reported Friday by the New York Times.

Comey appeared to respond to Trump's tweet, writing on Twitter: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made".

"I would need a firm commitment that he will not allow any interference in the Mueller investigation", Coons said on "Fox News Sunday".

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