Trump Denies Hiding Details Of Putin Meetings

Trump blasts FBI probe into whether he worked for Russia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissed as "silly" a news report that the FBI investigated President Trump to determine if he was a national security threat because of his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Though the Baker interview was conducted behind closed doors, in an unclassified setting, as part of a joint Republican-led House committee investigation into FBI and DOJ actions during the 2016 campaign, multiple congressional sources said it has been with the Justice Department and FBI for review before a public release.

"We just thought, if we're going to do something relevant in this era where Congress is going to reassert itself, where there are so many questionable activities of this Administration vis-à-vis foreign policy, that it made sense to have this", Engel told The New Yorker. Schiff wrote on Twitter. "Shouldn't we find out whether our president is really putting 'America first?'" he asked.

The administration appears unlikely to acquiesce to such a demand without a fight.

Current and former US officials told the Post that after a 2017 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, Trump took his interpreter's notes and told her not to speak of details of the meeting with other administration officials.

That development, first reported by The Washington Post, followed a report in The New York Times that the FBI had earlier begun a counterintelligence investigation on Trump to see whether he had been influenced by Russian Federation when he fired James Comey as FBI director in 2017.

President Trump attacked the F.B.I.in a series of tweets early Saturday morning. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on ABC's "This Week".

Schumer said given Deripaska's potential involvement with Manafort, and since special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's ties with Russian Federation has not yet concluded, "It's all the more reason these sanctions must remain in place". "I don't get it".

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It comes as the Washington Post reported on Saturday that Trump had taken extraordinary measures to hide the contents of his meetings with Putin.

Then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was present at that Hamburg meeting, which occurred at the G-20 summit.

Several administration officials asked the interpreter what had been discussed.

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 USA officials.

Officials also told the Post that they never received a full, detailed account of Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki in July 2018. "Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russian Federation or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence". That, according to the Post, was when U.S. officials became aware of Trump's efforts.

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. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CBS' "Face the Nation" that any notion the president was a threat to US security "is absolutely ludicrous".

And Adam Schiff, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted that Democrats on the committee had sought previous year to obtain interpreters' notes or testimony about Trump's private meeting with Putin in Helsinki, but Republicans voted them down.

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