Trump Says He's 'Not Keeping Anything Under Wraps,' About Meetings With Putin

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

Pirro brought up the topic during a wide-ranging interview, saying, "New York Times reported that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation the day after you fired James Comey in may of '17".

Ratcliffe said he was surprised to read Friday's New York Times report, which quoted part of his Baker interview, and reported that after the Comey firing "law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior" that they began investigating whether Trump was working on behalf of Russian Federation.

President Trump has met with Vladimir Putin face-to-face five times so far, but even high-ranking members of his own administration are unsure exactly what they said to each other, reports the Washington Post. "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation", according to CNN.

I can tell you this, if you ask the folks in Russian Federation, I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other - probably any other president period, but certainly the last three or four presidents, modern day presidents.

Trump's claim was disputed by Virginia Sen. But the White House, and Trump himself, disagree. Warner accused the White House of being very slow to put in place the penalties.

The Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn't open an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the unnamed officials.

In the inquiry, counter-intelligence investigators sought to evaluate whether Mr Trump was a potential threat to national security.

As CNN first reported, the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened the Trump probe, in the hectic days after the President fired Comey, after considering various options for dealing with the firing.

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Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing.

Trump has repeatedly denounced the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt", denying any collusion with Russia's attempt to sway the 2016 election.

In their message to Trump, the chairmen of the Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight committees say: "Our nation's laws prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress".

"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me, and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation", the president said at the time.

The Post reported that Trump has gone to unusual lengths to keep his private talks with Putin secret, withholding details from senior officials and at one point even taking away his own interpreter's notes. The report Friday cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

"When you get outside the Beltway, I don't see anyone concerned about this at all", Cruz told NBC News' Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press", according to NBC News.

"Anybody could have listened to that meeting", he said.

In an interview with ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Durbin noted key details about Putin's past and his actions as Russia's president: "This man who is a former KGB agent, never been a friend of the United States, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world, and tries his damnedest to undermine our elections".

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