Trump rub­bishes ‘no­tion’ that he is an agent of Rus­sia

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U.S. PRES­I­DENT DON­ALD Trump has blasted the no­tion that he is a se­cret agent for Rus­sia, fol­low­ing a re­port that the FBI had in­ves­ti­gated that pos­si­bil­ity in 2017. One day af­ter the New York Times made the claim, Fox New’s Jea­nine Pirro posed the ques­tion to Trump in an in­ter­view on Satur­day night, ask­ing, “Are you now or have you ever worked for Rus­sia, Mr. Pres­i­dent?”

“I think it’s the most in­sult­ing thing I’ve ever been asked. I think it’s the most in­sult­ing ar­ti­cle I’ve ever had writ­ten. It was a great in­sult, and the New York Times is a dis­as­ter as a pa­per,” Trump replied. Cit­ing un­named for­mer law en­force­ment of­fi­cials, the Times re­ported that the FBI opened the com­bined crim­i­nal and coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence probe into Trump in May of 2017.

Trump fired for­mer FBI di­rec­tor James Comey on May 9, 2017, cit­ing a letter from Deputy At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein

Prez: Most in­sult­ing ques­tion ever asked

that sharply crit­i­cised Comey’s han­dling of the Hil­lary Clin­ton email in­ves­ti­ga­tion. How­ever, the FBI grew con­cerned that Trump was act­ing on be­half of Rus­sian in­ter­ests by fir­ing Comey, the re­port claims.

Trump dis­missed the no­tion in Satur­day's in­ter­view, but with­out ever di­rectly deny­ing that he was work­ing as a se­cret agent for Rus­sia. Trump said he fired Comey be­cause “he was a ter­ri­ble liar, and he did a ter­ri­ble job as the FBI di­rec­tor”. “And, ob­vi­ously, noth­ing was found,” Trump said of the al­leged in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Robert Mueller took over the FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion when he was ap­pointed spe­cial coun­sel soon af­ter Comey’s fir­ing. The over­all in­ves­ti­ga­tion is look­ing into Rus­sian elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence and whether Trump’s cam­paign co­or­di­nated with the Rus­sians, and pos­si­ble ob­struc­tion of jus­tice by Trump.

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Gi­u­liani told the Times he had no knowl­edge of Jea­nine Pirro. the in­quiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn’t heard any­thing and ap­par­ently “they found noth­ing”. Trump has re­peat­edly and vo­cif­er­ously de­nied col­lu­sion with the Rus­sians. Trump also re­sponded to a new re­port from the Washington Post claim­ing that he con­fis­cated his trans­la­tor’s notes about one of his meet­ings with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, and or­dered the lin­guist not to dis­cuss the con­ver­sa­tions with other top U.S. of­fi­cials.

Cit­ing un­named cur­rent and for­mer U.S. of­fi­cials, the Washington Post re­ported on Satur­day that Trump had taken ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures to con­ceal the con­tents of his meet­ings with Putin. The Post claims that Trump con­fis­cated his trans­la­tor’s notes af­ter he and Putin first met in per­son in 2017.

“I'm not keep­ing any­thing un­der wraps. It’s so ridicu­lous. Any­body could have lis­tened to that meet­ing, it is open for grabs. The Rus­sia thing is a to­tal hoax,” Trump said.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

A PAR­TIAL U.S. gov­ern­ment shut­down over U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­mand for $5.7 bil­lion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der en­tered its 23rd day on Sun­day, mak­ing it the long­est shut­ter­ing of fed­eral agen­cies in U.S. his­tory, with no end in sight.Trump, holed up in the White House with Congress ad­journed for the week, warned of a much length­ier im­passe and blamed the Democrats. Democrats say Trump shut the gov­ern­ment in a “tem­per tantrum” by re­fus­ing to sign fund­ing leg­is­la­tion that did not in­clude money for his wall.The clo­sure, which be­gan on De­cem­ber 22, broke a decades-old record by a shut­down dur­ing 1995-1996 un­der for­merU.S. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton that lasted

Rus­sian Prez Vladimir Putin.

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