Trump Accused of Keeping Details of Putin Talks Secret

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The source spoke to CNN after The New York Times reported Friday that law enforcement officials were so concerned they began investigating whether the President was working on behalf of Russian Federation against United States interests.

The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), told the Post "it's been several months since" Trump's closed-door meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, "and we still don't know what went on in that meeting". Trump has suggested over the past week that he may declare a national emergency and redirect other funds to begun building the wall, but on Friday said he wasn't rushing to use that option.

'Think of it, I had a one-on-one meeting with Putin, like I do with every other leader.

The Post, citing current and former U.S. officials, said Trump took the interpreter's notes after a 2017 meeting with Putin in Hamburg, which then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also attended. We had a great conversation, we were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things and it was a great conversation. Caring, as I do, a great deal more about policy than Twitter, I find that weird.

"I mean, it's so ridiculous, these people making up", Trump said, claiming the Post is a "lobbyist" for Bezos' interests.

He added: "Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is up for grabs".

The newspaper quotes unnamed current and former government officials as sources for the story.

In one instance, following a meeting with Putin in Hamburg in 2017, Trump took personal possession of notes from an interpreter and directed a linguist - who was there to help translate the conversation - not to discuss details from the meeting with anyone, including senior-level administration officials.

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It said top officials in the State Department and National Security Council have been unable to learn the particulars of at least two meetings - one in Hamburg in July 2017 and the other in Helsinki in July 2018.

In a series of early-morning tweets Trump said that the agency had opened a probe "for no reason and with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze".

The FBI investigation was later folded into the broader probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible collaboration by the Trump campaign.

"Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia", Pirro asked him with a smile.

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. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing".

No evidence has publicly emerged in the 20 months since Comey was sacked that indicate Trump is a secret agent, or that he engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government.

The investigation was launched after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and then tied that action to Comey's handling of the Russian Federation probe.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and views it as an attempt to besmirch the legitimacy of his presidency.