Former Trump Lawyer Responds To Report Of FBI Counterintelligence Probe

Former Trump Lawyer Responds To Report Of FBI Counterintelligence Probe

Over the weekend, the president decried The Times report claiming the FBI opened a counterintelligence probe into Mr. Trump the day after he fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, with the goal of determining whether Mr. Trump was working for the Russians.

Speaking with the press on Monday, Trump was more definitive, telling one reporter: "I never worked for Russian Federation".

James Baker, who at the time served as the FBI's general counsel, told congressional investigators the FBI "theoretically" considered if Trump, in regard to Russian Federation, was "acting at the behest of and somehow following directions, somehow executing their will".

US President Donald Trump faced uncomfortable new questions Sunday about his relationship with Vladimir Putin despite his angry dismissal of a report that he has kept top aides in the dark about his private conversations with the Russian leader.

When asked whether the Senate should subpoena a translator so they can see what Trump and Putin have discussed behind closed doors, Cruz said he would like to learn "a little more" but that it would be premature to take that action.


Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told NPR his committee will investigate Trump's interactions with Putin.

Now with Democrats in control of the intelligence committee and other chairmanships, there may be a renewed push to try to compel more disclosure by the executive branch, and one beyond just the intelligence panel.

In the Fox News interview, Trump questioned why the newspaper made such a "big deal" out of his discussions with Putin in Helsinki last summer.

USA officials learned of Trump's actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson.

The Washington Post also reported that Trump had concealed details of his conversations with Putin, including an instance in 2017 when the president took the notes of his interpreter and instructed him not to discuss the meeting.


A defiant Trump, as he has for more than a year, said again Monday he did the entire country "a great service" when he fired Comey. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. At the time, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said if Gross were forced before congress, "that would be the last time you ever have a foreign leader meet with a president of the U.S. privately" because trust would be lost.

Like Pompeo, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) cast doubt on the New York Times report, and said he would investigate.

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.

King called it an "indictment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership" and said it proves "what the president has been saying all along about the bias at the top of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that was against him".

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.


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