Trump avoids direct answer over ties with Russian Federation

"Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, nearly all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!"

"If you compare objectively, President Trump's policies to Russia compared to President Obama's policies to Russia - by any measure, President Obama was much easier, was much more gentler on Russia". The interpreter revealed only that Mr. Trump replied "I believe you" when Putin denied meddling in the USA elections, according to the Post.

Senior U.S. officials told the Post they never received a reliable readout of Mr. Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

Three Democrats who head influential House committees are warning President Donald Trump not to obstruct their efforts to question his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tried to downplay recent revelations about President Donald Trump's controversial relationship with the Russian government by arguing that no one outside the Washington political class cares about the potential scandal.

In his appearance on Fox News on Saturday, Trump denied that he was keeping anything under wraps on his meetings with Putin. "The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States' main adversaries", the daily reported.

The Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn't open an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive probe. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you see that they found absolutely nothing".

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.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement calling the Post story "so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response".

"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.

The New York Times last week reported that Manafort attempted to pass polling data during the 2016 campaign to Mr. Deripaska.

Pirro went on to ask Trump, "are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?" Anybody could have listened to that meeting.

Reuters could not independently verify details of the Post report. "That meeting is open for grabs", Trump said, denying the Post report.

"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me, and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation", the president said at the time.

Schumer says it's important the sanctions remain in place while the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation proceeds.

Vanessa Coleman

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