Federal Bureau of Investigation 'checked if Trump was working for Russia'

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Warner and Johnson spoke on CNN's "State of the Union", while Coons and Graham appeared on "Fox News Sunday".

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.

But when Trump then tied Comey's firing to the Russian Federation investigation two separate times, the FBI opened the probe, the people said to the Times.

Schumer said given Deripaska's potential involvement with Manafort, and since special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's ties with Russian Federation has not yet concluded, "It's all the more reason these sanctions must remain in place". Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going.

"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", Trump said. 'I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written'.

We had a great conversation, we were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things and it was a great conversation.

She pointed out that the investigation was looking into whether the president was "actively working for Russia" and asked, "Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?"

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US intelligence agencies have said Moscow tried to tip the election to Trump.

With Democrats taking over the House, though, Trump can expect that they will be launching investigations to find out exactly what the two men talked about. 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 probe.

There are no detailed records of five personal meetings President Donald Trump has had with Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reported Saturday, citing USA officials.

The spokesman talked to the Post on the condition of anonymity and said that following the 2017 Hamburg meeting that included Tillerson, the former secretary of state "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other USA officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press". "Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is up for grabs". The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

"In the coming weeks, the Judiciary Committee will take steps to better understand both the President's actions and the FBI's response to that behavior, and to make certain that these career investigators are protected from President Trump's increasingly unhinged attacks", he said. "And what I want to do is make sure how could the Federal Bureau of Investigation do that?"

The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States' main adversaries.

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