Trump’s weekend: new Russian Federation questions, shutdown irritants

Trump’s weekend: new Russian Federation questions, shutdown irritants

President Trump said the question was the most insulting thing he's ever been asked and proceeded to slam fired officials from the bureau who led the initial investigation.

"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.

She pointed out that the investigation was looking into whether the president was "actively working for Russia" and asked, "Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?"

On this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday", Sen.

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".

US intelligence agencies have said Moscow tried to tip the election to Trump.

President Trump called a recent New York Times article revealing that he had been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation after he fired former director James Comey "very horrible" and a "great insult".

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Powell said that he had never met Trump before he was interviewed by the president in late 2017 for the Fed chairman's job. Trump tapped Powell for the post after deciding not to offer then Fed-Chairman Janet Powell a second term.

During a phone interview on "Justice with Judge Jeanine", Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening that the stories were "all nonsense".

Top Republican lawmakers appeared unfazed Sunday by reports that President Donald Trump has "gone to extraordinary lengths" to hide his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the last two years. "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".

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.

"Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, nearly all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!", Mr Trump tweeted. 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.

Other US officials learned that Trump had taken possession of the notes when they asked the interpreter for information about the discussion beyond a brief readout Tillerson had provided. "Anyone could have listened to that meeting. These people make it up", Trump said. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

Contacted by Fox, U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, confirmed his questions to former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker uncovered the claims, some of which were first reported Friday by the New York Times.

The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States' main adversaries.

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