Sen. Coons: Trump's 'Closeness' to Putin Is 'Alarming'

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They also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.

"I'm going to ask the FBI director was there a counterintelligence investigation opened up regarding the president as being a potential agent of the Russians", Graham said. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing". Trump also wrote that those who initiated the investigations, mostly former FBI leaders he has fired for "very bad reasons", did it with "no reason and no proof" as a response to his firing of Comey. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. "After the rigged & botched Crooked Hillary investigation, where she was interviewed on July 4th Weekend, not recorded or sworn in, and where she said she didn't know anything (a lie),".

In a strongly worded reaction, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "This is absurd".

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. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

The Post reported that Trump has gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide direct conversations he has had with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Trump's claim was disputed by Virginia Sen. Then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended Mr. Trump's first official meeting with Putin, but the two presidents also spoke for up to an hour at dinner, a conversation the White House did not acknowledge for almost two weeks.

The Post reported that the USA interpreter present at the official Hamburg meeting was approached by other administration officials seeking more information about what the two leaders discussed.

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"There is an incredible divide between Washington and the rest of the country when it comes to Bob Mueller and the Russian Federation investigation", Cruz said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

In Helsinki, the two presidents spoke behind closed doors for two hours with only their interpreters present. Pirro asked on Saturday.

"I would, I don't care", the president told Pirro. "I mean, I had a conversation like every president does". You sit with the president of various countries. "I do it with all countries".

The paper says Mr Trump concealed details of his conversations with Mr Putin from senior officials in his administration, quoting unnamed current and former United States officials. "That meeting is up for grabs". He also accused the Post of fabricating the report.

"It's so ridiculous. These people make it up", Mr. Trump said, providing no evidence.

As a result, US officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump's face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Mr. Trump said he believed the Russian president, contradicting the conclusions of the US intelligence community. "And when you get outside the Beltway, I don't find anybody concerned with this at all", Cruz said.

"And that is part of what the draft of Mueller's report, I'm told, is to be about", he said.

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