House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he could not comment on the specifics of the report, but said his committee would press ahead with its probe of Trump's contacts with Russian Federation. "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".
They say Trump directed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal hush-money payments to two women as a way to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign.
Contacted by Fox, U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, confirmed his questions to former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker uncovered the claims, some of which were first reported Friday by the New York Times.
Trump disclosed classified information about a terror plot, called former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey a "nut job", and said that firing Comey had removed "great pressure" on his relationship with Russian Federation.
Trump dismissed the notion in Saturday's interview, but without ever directly denying that he was working as a secret agent for Russian Federation.
The New York Times said FBI officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign, but held off on opening an investigation until Trump tied his dismissal of Comey to a probe into allegations of election meddling by Russian Federation. The story reframes the focus and objective of the investigation now headed by Robert Mueller.
November 2017: Trump and Putin shook hands and chatted informally at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) summit in Vietnam, but did not hold formal talks.
In Helsinki, the two presidents spoke behind closed doors for two hours with only their interpreters present.
November 2018: Trump had a brief conversation with Putin at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, but the two did not have a formal meeting. Trump also instructed the interpreter "not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials", in the Post's words.
'I can tell you this, if you ask the folks in Russian Federation, I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, ' Trump said.
After meeting with the Russian president in Hamburg in 2017, the Post reported, Trump took his interpreter's notes and instructed him not to disclose what was discussed to other United States officials.
According to the Post, Trump's alleged behavior is "is at odds with the known practices of previous presidents", who, when meeting with individuals like Putin, for example, "relied on senior aides to witness meetings and take comprehensive notes then shared with other officials and departments". 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. Then-secretary of state Rex Tillerson sat in on that meeting, but also failed to provide top officials with any details on its contents beyond an official readout issued after the sit-down. "I couldn't care less".
Tweeting in response, Comey quoted former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made".
"I mean it's so ridiculous", he added, before taking a swipe at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who has been in the news lately for an ugly divorce after his sexts with former "Extra" and Fox News host Lauren Sanchez surfaced.