Trump calls question on whether he ever worked for Russian Federation 'insulting'

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2019

President Trump called a recent New York Times article revealing that he had been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation after he fired former director James Comey "very horrible" and a "great insult".

And, he added, "It handicaps the USA government - the experts and advisers and Cabinet officers who are there to serve [the president] - and it certainly gives Putin much more scope to manipulate Trump".

Trump surprised his aides by deciding, with just a few hours' notice, to call in to Jeanine Pirro's show on Fox News on Saturday night to push back against coverage of his presidency on multiple fronts, particularly published reports about his approach toward Russian Federation.

"I think it's the most insulting thing I have ever been asked", Mr. Trump told Pirro by phone, without explicitly denying the charge.

"If you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing", he said.

Trump's claim was disputed by Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Trump himself, characteristically, took to Twitter on Saturday to discuss his firing of Comey. "The idea that's contained in the New York Times story that President Trump was a threat to American national security is silly on its face and not worthy of a response".

"I like the symbol of me being here", Trump told Pirro.

Robert Mueller inherited the obstruction of justice investigation when he was named special counsel shortly after Comey's firing.

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Investigators are trying to establish whether there was any collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russian officials. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

"There is an incredible divide between Washington and the rest of the country when it comes to Bob Mueller and the Russian Federation investigation", Cruz said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

US President Donald Trump has denied hiding details of conversations with Russia's Vladimir Putin, saying he is "not keeping anything under wraps". The report cited unnamed current and former USA officials.

"Anybody could have listened to that meeting", he said.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing". "I mean, it's so ridiculous", the US president said. "If this really did happen, Congress needs to know about it and what I want to do is make sure how could the Federal Bureau of Investigation do that?"

Trump was widely criticized after his joint press conference with Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last summer.

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 predicted some Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate would join Democrats in voting to override the removal of these sanctions.

In an interview for CBS News' "Face the Nation" set to air Sunday, Pompeo declined to engage in a serious discussion on the report when host Margaret Brennan asked for his reaction.

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