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Trump Accused of Keeping Details of Putin Talks Secret

Trump Accused of Keeping Details of Putin Talks Secret

Pirro brought up the topic during a wide-ranging interview, saying, "New York Times reported that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation the day after you fired James Comey in may of '17".

He added, "I was very concerned by President Trump's steadfast and public refusal to embrace the conclusion of our own intelligence community that Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation had interfered in our 2016 election". Manafort was convicted of financial crimes related to political work he did in Ukraine before the 2016 election as well as witness tampering.

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that Trump has repeatedly sought to hide his interactions with Putin, often one of the main US adversaries in global affairs.

"I'm not keeping anything under wraps", Mr Trump told Fox News while referring to the latest report.

The Post reported that Trump has gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide details of his conversations with Putin.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation", similarly dismissed the Post report, arguing that Trump's administration has been tough on Russian Federation and that concerns about the president's affinity for Putin are unfounded.

President Donald Trump has avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation after a published report said his behavior gave federal law enforcement officials reason to begin investigating whether he had worked for the US adversary.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said the report "may well suggest what it was that helped start this investigation in the first place".

"If you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing", he said. I mean, it's so ridiculous.

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FBI agents and senior officials began to suspect connections between Trump and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign but pushed off an investigation partially because they were unsure how to execute such a massive and sensitive operation, sources told the Times.

Investigators led by former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller are trying to establish whether there was any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign team and the Russian state to help get him elected.

Trump, chose to respond to the reports on Twitter, beginning his comments by calling the New York Times "failing".

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", he said.

"This is just at odds with how presidents have conducted diplomacy for decades and decades In the United States", said Washington Post reporter Greg Miller in a Sunday interview with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

In the inquiry, counter-intelligence investigators sought to evaluate whether Mr Trump was a potential threat to national security. He and other Democratic senators said this report and others within the past week questioning Trump's behavior toward Russian Federation give new urgency to the need for the Mueller investigation to be allowed to run its course. "I meet with all of them, but nobody says anything".

Strobe Talbott, who served as deputy secretary of state to President Bill Clinton, called Trump's secrecy surrounding the meetings "unusual" and "outrageous", according to the Post.