GOP Shrugs Off Report That Trump Concealed Details Of Putin Meetings

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A new report from the New York Times claimed Trump is being investigated for working with Russian Federation, which would be a potential national security threat if it is true.

President Donald Trump listens as he leads a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

Asked whether he'd like Congress to investigate the matter, including potentially calling the president's translator to testify, McCarthy said, "I'd like the president to be able to build these relationships".

Trump most recently made the claim following a published report that his behavior in the early months of his presidency gave federal law enforcement officials reason to begin investigating whether he had worked for Russian Federation against American interests. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

They discussed a range of options, including Rosenstein wearing a wire while speaking with Trump, which Rosenstein later denied.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the story was so outrageously inaccurate it didn't even warrant a response.

A new report in The Washington Post said Trump went to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin even from high-ranking officials in his own administration. "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation".

"When you get outside the Beltway, I don't see anyone concerned about this at all", Cruz told NBC News' Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press", according to NBC News.

John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat who has announced a run for the White House, called Trump's behavior toward Russian Federation "highly suspicious", adding, "We haven't had a president who has been as supportive of Vladimir Putin in decades".

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The FBI investigation was subsequently 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. "That meeting is up for grabs".

On Saturday night, Trump was asked by a Fox News host whether he had ever worked for Russian Federation.

When asked by Pirro about the story, Trump said he and Putin had "a great conversation".

There remains no detailed record, even in classified files, of face-to-face meetings between Trump and Putin from five locations over the past two years, the report said.

"It's so ridiculous. These people make it up", Mr. Trump said, providing no evidence.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week defended the decision, saying the companies are undergoing a major restructuring to "sever Deripaska's control and significantly diminish his ownership".

Schumer says it's important the sanctions remain in place while the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation proceeds.

And Trump's former presidential campaign chair, Paul Manafort, has been convicted in one case brought by Mueller and pleaded guilty in another, over financial crimes related to his work in Ukraine before the 2016 campaign, and for witness tampering.

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

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