Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russian Federation

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"If you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing", he said.

He said that he fired Comey because he was "a awful liar, and he did a bad job as the FBI director" and called the former director's handling of the Clinton email probe "one of the biggest screw-ups that anybody's ever seen as an investigation".

President Donald Trump joined Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro by phone on Saturday, responding to a Friday New York Times report on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. "We need to investigate, because we don't know whether, you know, the worst-case scenario is possibly true or the President is totally innocent and we need to get this thing over with - and so he can move forward with his agenda".

While there is no evidence of a conspiracy between Trump and Moscow, the Times report itself is evidence of a conspiracy involving the intelligence agencies and the corporate media to overturn the 2016 presidential election-which Trump won, albeit within the undemocratic framework of the Electoral College-and install a government that would differ from Trump's chiefly in being more committed to military confrontation with Russian Federation in Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere.

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On Saturday, Pirro also asked the president about a Washington Post report published Saturday saying Mr. Trump had gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide the details of several of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin from other officials in his administration.

"Why is he so chummy with Vladimir Putin, this man who is a former KGB agent, never been a friend to the United States, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world and tries his damnedest to undermine our elections?" Sen. "That meeting is up for grabs".

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Trump never answered Pirro directly, but went on to assert that no president has taken a harder stance against Russian Federation than he has. Large swaths of the government have been shut down for weeks while Trump and Democrats in Congress remain at an impasse over money for the border wall.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, tweeted on Sunday that his committee tried to subpoena the interpreter who, according to the Post, Trump attempted to silence. "I find it astonishing, and to me it tells me a lot about the people running the Federal Bureau of Investigation, [former Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe and that crowd".

Trump has expressed bafflement that he is not getting more credit for largely staying put during the shutdown. "Using that act would be, in this instance, would be far larger act than has ever occurred in the past".

The New York Times report Friday cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

The Post notes that this behavior by Trump is not usual per past presidential standards. "Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security", the Times wrote.

The reports come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looms large in the background, punctuated by guilty pleas, convictions and indictments of former Trump associates.