Sen. Coons: Trump's 'Closeness' to Putin Is 'Alarming'

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2019

The Times article revealed that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into Trump after he fired former bureau director James Comey in 2017, suspecting the president could be working on behalf of Russian Federation.

"I have concluded that the Treasury Department's proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska's control and influence of these companies, and the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump Administration and keep these sanctions in place", the New York Democrat said in a statement.

The potential that Trump is working on behalf of Russian Federation, therefore, by definition posits some kind of corrupt secret relationship.

The Post reported that Trump has gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide direct conversations he has had with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During a phone interview on "Justice with Judge Jeanine", Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening that the stories were "all nonsense".

The Post reported that Trump has gone to "extraordinary lengths" to hide details of his conversations with Putin.

The president had nothing new to offer on the government shutdown or border wall dispute, as the Democrats have not been "acting responsibly", he said.

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Mr. Trump said he is "not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less", adding that "anybody could have listened to that meeting". "I mean, I had a conversation like every president does". Trump frequently says the United States would be better off if it got along better with Russian Federation - and that position, right or wrong, is certainly not criminally suspect. Yet White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the story by The New York Times by saying "This is absurd". "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written and if you read the [New York Times] article you see that they found absolutely nothing".

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing.

These new reports came amidst the a partial shutdown of the federal government that entered 23rd day Sunday, and is now the longest in USA history, impacting an estimated 800,000 employees, who have either being furloughed - on leave without pay - or as working without pay. The president also hinted that the Russian Federation collusion "hoax" would soon backfire badly on the perpetrators, including some individuals whom he didn't identify because it would make "front page news" if he did.

Pirro went on to ask Trump, "are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?" "That meeting is up for grabs".

"This is just at odds with how presidents have conducted diplomacy for decades and decades In the United States", said Washington Post reporter Greg Miller in a Sunday interview with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro. Mr. Trump said he believed the Russian president, contradicting the conclusions of the US intelligence community.

"I would need a firm commitment that he will not allow any interference in the Mueller investigation", Coons said on "Fox News Sunday".

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

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