Trump's very private meetings are a huge favor to Putin

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2019

"Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security", the New York Times report said.

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.

"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", Trump responded.

Trump most recently made the claim following a published report that his behavior in the early months of his presidency gave federal law enforcement officials reason to begin investigating whether he had worked for Russian Federation against American interests. The Times reported Mueller also took over the counterintelligence investigation, but the paper said it is unclear whether that aspect of his investigation is ongoing.

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


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

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee has disputed President Donald Trump's claim that he's been tougher on Russian Federation than any recent president. "I had a conversation like every president does".

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.

The US president said he met one-on-one with many world leaders but the meetings with Mr Putin were all that were focused on.

Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Post that that a subcommittee will form to gather details of Trump's interactions with Putin. "That meeting is up for grabs".


Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is close to Trump and chairs the Judiciary Committee, said he intends to ask the FBI director if there was a counterintelligence investigation into the president.

On Saturday night, Trump was asked by a Fox News host whether he had ever worked for Russian Federation. He says Deripaska himself and any companies he controls remain under sanctions.

Schumer, however, contends the Russian oligarch maintains significant influence on these companies, including the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal, and said it's important the sanctions remain in place while Mueller's investigation proceeds.

Schumer says it's important the sanctions remain in place while the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation proceeds. I mean, it's so ridiculous.

"I do think it's curious that throughout that whole summer when these investigations started, you had (Russian President) Vladimir Putin's policies nearly being parroted by Donald Trump", Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said on the CNN "State of the Union" program.


His former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for campaign finance and fraud crimes while his campaign chief Paul Manafort was convicted of financial fraud.

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