Trump’s Russia ties under FBI scrutiny
President Donald Trump hit back at an explosive report in the New York Times which claims the FBI investigated whether the US president was working on behalf of Russia.
According to the report, law enforcement officials becameconcerned about the president’ s ties with Russia after he fired FBI chief James Comey in May 2017, opening a criminal and counter intelligence investigation against him.
The report is the latest allegation to engulf the White House amid signs that the Mueller investigation, which is looking into possible ties between Russia and members of the 2016 Trump campaign, is entering its final stages.
In an interview with Fox News on Saturday Mr Trump lambasted the report. Asked by host Jeanine Pirro if he had ever worked with Russia, he called it “the most insulting” question he has ever been asked. “If you read the article you’ll see that they found absolutely nothing,” he said, adding that he had been tougher on Russia than any other US president.
Separately the Washington Post reported that Mr Trump sought to hide details of his conversations with Russian president Vladimir Putin from his staff, including instructing the translator who attended a meeting in Hamburg in 2017 not to discuss the meeting with White House officials. Mr Trump dismissed the report.