Trump says he ‘never worked for Russia’

Posted January 15, 2019

Two days earlier, The New York Times reported that in addition to a criminal investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired James Comey as FBI director, the bureau also launched a counterintelligence probe in the shadow of Comey's sudden dismissal.

The group of FBI officials discussing what to do following Comey's firing may have included disgraced agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who were later revealed to be staunchly against Trump, leading to Strzok's removal from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

President Donald Trump's efforts to hide his conversations with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and new details about the FBI investigation into his ties to Moscow have intensified debate over his relationship with Russian Federation, adding fuel to Democrats' budding investigations of his presidency and potentially setting up a clash between the White House and Congress.

"I think it's the most insulting thing I have ever been asked", Mr. Trump told Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro when she asked if he has ever worked for Russian Federation.

The investigation the FBI opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

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Trump has repeatedly withheld details of his conversations with Putin, according to current and former USA officials, a practice that has left officials blind to the dynamic between the two leaders and intensified questions within the administration over the president's actions.

"I never worked for Russia", Trump told reporters.

Trump responded to the story Saturday during a telephone interview broadcast on Fox News Channel after host Jeanine Pirro, a personal friend, asked the Russian Federation question. I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written.

The ex-national security advisor, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties.

"This is just at odds with how presidents have conducted diplomacy for decades and decades in the United States", said Washington Post reporter Greg Miller in a Sunday interview with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro on Weekend Edition.

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Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told NPR his committee will investigate Trump's interactions with Putin.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia says nearly all of the sanctions on Russian Federation arose in Congress because of huge concerns by both parties about Russia's actions.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders criticized the Times' report.

"Instead, they were simply trying to undermine a president they didn't like and avenge Comey's firing". "I guess you could say they're dirty cops". "I don't know, maybe they're celebrating the shutdown", Trump said. At the time, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said if Gross were forced before congress, "that would be the last time you ever have a foreign leader meet with a president of the U.S. privately" because trust would be lost.

Fox News host Shep Smith wasted no time fact-checking Trump's address
American democracy doesn't work that way. " Again , we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way", Schumer added. Fox News averaged 8 million total viewers and 1.9 million in the 25-54 age demographic from 9-9:30 p.m.