Trump calls question on whether he ever worked for Russian Federation 'insulting'

President Donald Trump listens as he leads a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders Friday Jan. 11 2019 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington

President Donald Trump listens as he leads a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders Friday Jan. 11 2019 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington

The report about Trump's meetings with Putin follows a Friday report from The New York Times that the F.B.I. opened an investigation into whether or not Trump was acting on Russia's behalf after Trump fired former F.B.I. director James Comey in 2017.

A former senior administration official said a number of top figures in the administration sought in the hours and days after the meeting to find out details of what Trump and Putin had discussed. "The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too", Baker told House investigators a year ago. "We need to investigate, because we don't know whether, you know, the worst-case scenario is possibly true or the President is totally innocent and we need to get this thing over with - and so he can move forward with his agenda". But Trump's behavior in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing as FBI director, specifically two instances in which he seemed to tie Comey's ousting to the Russian Federation investigation, helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the investigation, according to the newspaper. Trump took possession of his interpreter's notes after a 2017 meeting in Hamburg and instructed the linguist not to discuss the matter with other administration officials, the Post said, citing current and former USA officials. "Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russian Federation or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence".

However, he reiterated his claims that there was no foul play with Russian Federation.

He said that he fired Comey because he was "a awful liar, and he did a bad job as the FBI director" and called the former director's handling of the Clinton email probe "one of the biggest screw-ups that anybody's ever seen as an investigation".

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

"In the coming weeks, the Judiciary Committee will take steps to better understand both the President's actions and the FBI's response to that behavior, and to make certain that these career investigators are protected from President Trump's increasingly unhinged attacks", he said.

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

'From a point of view of strength... rather, he has done what appears to be Putin's goals.

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. That meeting is up for grabs".

In a Fox News op-ed, McCarthy wrote about what he called on Sunday the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department's "flawed analysis".

Trump has repeatedly denounced the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt", denying any collusion with Russia's attempt to sway the 2016 election.

These include his former national security adviser Michael Flynn; former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort; and Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

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