Trump Denies Hiding Details Of Putin Meetings

President Donald Trump listens as he leads a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders Friday Jan. 11 2019 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington

Jacquelyn Martin Associated Press President Trump took part in a discussion on border security with local leaders on Friday at the White House

"Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?"Jeanine Pirro of Fox News asked him in an interview Saturday".

A White House spokesman told the Post that the Trump administration has looked to "improve the relationship with Russia" after the Obama administration "pursued a flawed "reset" policy that sought engagement for the sake of engagement". Not even classified detailed records exist to document Trump and Putin's conversations.

Robert Mueller has spent 20 months investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, and possible collusion between the Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Republican lawmakers generally defended the president, saying he had been tougher on Russian Federation than his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, but some had questions.

Pirro went on to ask Trump to respond to the Times report alleging that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation the day after he fired Comey in May of 2017.

In one instance, following a meeting Trump had with Putin in Hamburg, Germany, in 2017 that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also present for, a White House adviser and a senior State Department official were seeking additional information from Trump's interpreter that was more than the information provided in a readout from Tillerson.

A recent New York Times report alleging that President Donald Trump was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a potential national security threat as well as a Russian agent has sent shockwaves through the nation, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed it off as absurd. "That meeting is up for grabs".

President Trump has met with Vladimir Putin face-to-face five times so far, but even high-ranking members of his own administration are unsure exactly what they said to each other, reports the Washington Post.

Mr Trump's relations with Russian Federation before his election in 2016 are the subject of an ongoing federal investigation.

After a G-20 meeting in Hamburg in July 2017, the president took possession of his interpreter's notes and instructed the linguist "not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials", the Post reported, citing current and former US officials.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the counterintelligence inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the report "outrageously inaccurate" and said that Trump has taken a stricter line on Russian Federation than his predecessors.

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

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has defended the decision, saying the companies are undergoing a major restructuring to "sever Deripaska's control and significantly diminish his ownership".

Warner and Johnson spoke on CNN's "State of the Union", while Coons and Graham appeared on "Fox News Sunday". He says Deripaska himself and any companies he controls remain under sanctions.

Opening an apparent counterintelligence investigation into the president raises questions about timing and the evidentiary basis.

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