What did Mr Trump say about the Putin story?
A House Republican's line of questioning uncovered revelations that in May 2017 senior FBI leadership debated whether President Trump was directed by the Russian government to fire FBI Director James Comey, Fox News has learned. They cited Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a controversy that many believe helped Trump defeat the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election. Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel.
As for his conversations with Putin, he said: "I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less".
"I do think it's curious that throughout that whole summer when these investigations started, you have Vladimir Putin policies nearly being parroted by Donald Trump", he said on CNN's State of the Union.
The FBI opened an investigation into whether US President Donald Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russian Federation, according to the New York Times.
Trump also wrote that those who initiated the investigations, mostly former FBI leaders he has fired for "very bad reasons", did it with "no reason and no proof" as a response to his firing of Comey. In addition to the Comey dismissal in May 2017, the President had raised concern in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for comments he made to Russian officials in the Oval Office about firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director, according to the source familiar with the matter.
Rather than call the Times report "fake news", as he has with so many other anonymously sourced Times reports, Trump used it to again claim that he was justified in getting rid of Comey.
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They discussed a range of options, including Rosenstein wearing a wire while speaking with Trump, which Rosenstein later denied.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the report "outrageously inaccurate" and said that Trump has taken a stricter line on Russian Federation than his predecessors.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack". The inquiry started days after Trump fired the director of the FBI, James Comey.
At the same time that the FBI opened a probe into Trump for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey, counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation, a source familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and views it as an attempt to besmirch the legitimacy of his presidency.
Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russian Federation sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.
Trump's ex-national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties.
"Cohen, who will testify in Congress on February 7, insists that he has never been to Prague, but added in a tweet: "#Mueller knows everything!"