Hear­ing into Trump talks

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THE US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee in­tends to hold hear­ings on meet­ings be­tween US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and their “bizarre” re­la­tions, the com­mit­tee’s chair­man, Eliot En­gel, said.

The Washington Post news­pa­per re­ported that Trump had con­cealed de­tails about his con­ver­sa­tions with the Rus­sian leader from his ad­min­is­tra­tion. As a re­sult, even clas­si­fied doc­u­ments did not con­tain de­tailed records of their con­ver­sa­tions at five venues over the past two years.

“Ev­ery time Trump meets with Putin, the coun­try is told noth­ing. Amer­ica de­serves the truth and the For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee will seek to get to the bot­tom of it. We will be hold­ing hear­ings on the mys­ter­ies swirling around Trump’s bizarre re­la­tion­ship with Putin and his cronies, and how those dark deal­ings af­fect our na­tional se­cu­rity,” En­gel said.

More­over, The New York Times news­pa­per re­ported ear­lier, cit­ing law en­force­ment sources and other in­formed sources, that the FBI had opened a probe in 2017 into whether Trump could have se­cretly worked for Rus­sia against his own coun­try. The out­let noted, how­ever, that there was no pub­licly pre­sented ev­i­dence that Trump might have had se­cret con­tacts with Rus­sian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials or re­ceived in­struc­tions from them.

The US Pres­i­dent, in turn, has de­nied both me­dia re­ports, call­ing the New York Times ar­ti­cle “in­sult­ing” and ac­cus­ing The Washington Post of be­ing “ba­si­cally lob­by­ists for Ama­zon”.

Mean­while, sev­eral par­al­lel Rus­sia-re­lated in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der way in the US, in­clud­ing Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller’s probe into Moscow’s al­leged med­dling in the 2016 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and claims that Trump col­luded with Rus­sia. | Sput­nik LOS AN­GE­LES: An at­tor­ney for R Kelly called a new doc­u­men­tary se­ries about the R&B singer a “for-profit hit piece”, and said the lat­est ac­cu­sa­tions of abuse were a “com­plete fab­ri­ca­tion”. The doc­u­men­tary Sur­viv­ing R Kelly in­cludes al­le­ga­tions from mul­ti­ple women who ac­cuse Kelly of sex­ual mis­con­duct, some­times with mi­nors. | Reuters

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The scene of a gas leak ex­plo­sion in Paris on Satur­day. |

LOS AN­GE­LES: Michael Jack­son’s es­tate con­demned an up­com­ing doc­u­men­tary about al­leged child sex­ual abuse by the late singer as an­other “out­ra­geous and pa­thetic at­tempt” to cash in on his fame. The doc­u­men­tarywill be screened at the Sun­dance in­de­pen­dent film fes­ti­val later this month. | Reuters

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