Trump: I did not hide Putin meet­ing notes

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DON­ALD Trump has de­nied he con­fis­cated notes of con­ver­sa­tions with Rus­sian leader Vladimir Putin.

The Pres­i­dent dis­missed as ‘ridicu­lous’ a re­port in the Wash­ing­ton Post that he took his in­ter­preter’s notes after the 2017 dis­cus­sion and or­dered the per­son to not dis­cuss what was said.

It came as Mr Trump dis­puted an ear­lier story in The new York Times which said the FBI had launched a pre­vi­ously undis­closed counter-in­tel­li­gence in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether he had worked for Rus­sia against US in­ter­ests.

When asked if he would re­lease de­tails of the two-hour con­ver­sa­tion, Mr Trump said he would and added: ‘I had a con­ver­sa­tion like ev­ery Pres­i­dent does. You sit with the pres­i­dent of var­i­ous coun­tries... We were talk­ing about Is­rael and se­cur­ing Is­rael and lots of other things... I’m not keep­ing any­thing un­der wraps, I couldn’t care less. I mean, it’s so ridicu­lous.’

he added: ‘Any­body could have lis­tened to that meet­ing, that meet­ing is up for grabs.’

Ac­cord­ing to the Post there is no de­tailed record of Mr Trump’s per­sonal talks with Mr Putin at five lo­ca­tions over the past two years. Mr Trump also told Fox news that ‘no col­lu­sion’ has been found be­tween his 2016 elec­tion cam­paign and Rus­sia.

That in­ves­ti­ga­tion is part of an in­quiry led by spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller that has in­dicted 33 peo­ple in the Rus­sia probe and con­victed some of the Pres­i­dent’s clos­est as­so­ciates.

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