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Trump Refutes Reports About Hiding Details of Talks With Putin

13 January 2019

"There is no reason to doubt the seriousness or professionalism of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as the president did in reaction to this story", Mr Nadler, a New York Democrat, said in a statement.

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.

President Donald Trump has gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post reported in a bombshell story late Saturday.

The Washington Post said that it remained unclear whether Trump took away the recordings of translators in other cases, however, according to officials, they did not manage to get a reliable report on the two-hour meeting of the two presidents in Helsinki.

The president directly responded to the accusations during an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, pledging transparency about his encounters with Putin, specifically their meeting in Helsinki last summer.

"Counterintelligence concerns about those associated with the Trump campaign, including the president himself, have been at the heart of our investigation since the beginning", Mr Schiff said, a California Democrat.

Former US officials told the The Washington Post that Trump's behavior is at odds with the known practice of previous presidents, who rely on senior aides to witness such meetings.

The FBI had been suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign, but it held off on opening a probe until the president sacked Comey, who refused to roll back the Russian Federation investigation, the Times said.

Trump's secrecy surrounding Putin "is not only unusual by historical standards, it is outrageous", said Strobe Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state now at the Brookings Institution, who participated in more than a dozen meetings between former presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s.

The report comes one day after the New York Times reported that the FBI had investigated whether Trump was working for Russian Federation. Russian Federation denies it sought to influence the election. We were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things ... 'Anybody could have listened to that meeting, it is open for grabs.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the Post's story is "outrageously inaccurate".

"If you ask the folks in Russian Federation, I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other. probably any other president, period, but certainly the last three or four presidents".

"The liberal media has wasted two years trying to manufacture a fake collusion scandal instead of reporting the fact that unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", she said.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison for multiple crimes, including felony violations of campaign finance laws that prosecutors allege were carried out under Trump's direction.

Trump Refutes Reports About Hiding Details of Talks With Putin