Trump’s Rus­sia ties un­der FBI scru­tiny

The Irish Times - - Front Page - Suzanne Lynch in Wash­ing­ton

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.

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