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