Friday, 18 January, 2019

Trump Concealed Details Of Putin Meetings From Administration Officials

Trump Repeatedly Took ‘Extraordinary’ Measures to Hide Details of Face-to-Face Meetings With Putin: Report US President Donald Trump has concealed details of his meetings with Russia's Vladimir Putin
Deanna Wagner | 13 January, 2019, 13:36

The paper cited current and former USA administration officials as saying that in one of such instances, Trump confiscated his interpreter's notes and prohibited him from discussing the details with other officials in his administration.

Trump's secrecy surrounding Putin "is not only unusual by historical standards, it is outrageous", said Strobe Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state now at the Brookings Institution, who participated in more than a dozen meetings between former presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s.

The New York Times reported Friday that law enforcement officials had investigated whether the President was working on behalf of Russian Federation against USA interests.

The Post's report comes on the heels of another explosive report by the New York Times which claimed the FBI opened a probe into the possibility that Trump was secretly working for Russian Federation after FBI Director James Comey's firing.

Trump has made a number of decisions during his time as president that have benefitted Putin whilst simultaneously confounding his closest officials and advisors.

"It's been many months since Helsinki, and we still don't know what Putin and Trump talked about", Engel said.

"The FBI was in complete turmoil (see N.Y. Post) because of Comey's poor leadership", he tweeted.

"I'm not keeping anything under wraps", Trump insisted in an interview Saturday night with Jeanine Pirro on Fox News.

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"My firing of James Comey was a great day for America", Trump said, describing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as "a Crooked Cop who is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller".

But in the age of Trump, the Democratic-controlled House cements its top agenda item will be various Trump investigations.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2017.

Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russian Federation sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.

"The liberal media has wasted two years trying to manufacture a fake collusion scandal instead of reporting the fact that unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation".

Trump has repeatedly criticized the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and views it as an attempt to besmirch the legitimacy of his presidency.

His former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for campaign finance and fraud crimes while his campaign chief Paul Manafort was convicted of financial fraud.