Mueller Is Investigating Trump as a Russian Asset

Lamar Ellis
January 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".

The White House spokesperson, speaking anonymously, told the Post that Tillerson "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other US officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press".

Trump's denials follow a Washington Post report Saturday that "U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump's face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years". A White House spokesperson told the Post, without mentioning Hamburg specifically, that Trump "has affirmed that he supports the conclusions in the 2017 Intel Community Assessment".

"Why is he so chummy with Vladimir Putin, this man who is a former KGB agent, never been a friend to the USA, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world, and tries his damndest to undermine our elections, why is this President Trump's best buddy?"

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

According to the Post, Trump's alleged behavior is "is at odds with the known practices of previous presidents", who, when meeting with individuals like Putin, for example, "relied on senior aides to witness meetings and take comprehensive notes then shared with other officials and departments". Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was present at this particular meeting, though he has not elaborated beyond a brief readout.

"Why not release the conversation that you had with President Putin in Helsinki?"

"We have a humanitarian crisis, to put it mildly", the president told Pirro.

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Pirro went on to ask Trump, "are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?" Presidents obviously have the right to change American foreign policy, and to forge friendships with countries that had been previously hostile. "That meeting is open for grabs".

On Thursday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin insisted that the Trump administration would keep tight control on companies linked to Deripaska, despite the decision to ease restrictions. He also accused the Post of fabricating the report.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the counterintelligence inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing".

Ratcliffe said he was aware of the Baker revelations in October, and House Republicans had been working through proper channels to make the entire transcript public.

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.

"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me, and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation", the president said at the time.

"In fact, when I was sacked as director, I still didn't know whether there was anything to it", Comey said in testimony, according to the transcript.

He added, "I have been FAR tougher on Russian Federation than Obama, Bush or Clinton".

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