Trump actively concealed details of his meetings with Putin

Another national newspaper, The Washington Post, was also a target for Trump during the interview after Pirro asked about a report published on Saturday.

Trump also responded to a new report from the Washington Post claiming that he confiscated his translator's notes about at least one of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and ordered the linguist not to discuss the conversations with other top USA officials.

The New York Times reported the probe began in the days after Trump fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May 2017 and said the agency's counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether his actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

Speaking to Fox News' Jeanine Pirro, Trump denied the reporting and said, "you'd see that they found absolutely nothing". I'm not keeping anything under wraps....

The White House did not immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

"I mean, it's so ridiculous, these people making up", Trump said, claiming the Post is a "lobbyist" for Bezos' interests. They also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.

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 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.

The Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn't launch an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the unnamed officials.

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No evidence has publicly emerged that Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian officials, the Times said.

The spokesman talked to the Post on the condition of anonymity and said that following the 2017 Hamburg meeting that included Tillerson, the former secretary of state "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other USA officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press". "That meeting is open for grabs".

"The Washington Post story is so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response", she said in a statement.

"And I can tell you this, if you ask the folks in Russian Federation, I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other - probably any other president period, but certainly the last three or four presidents, modern day presidents".

'I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked, ' Trump replied.

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

The FBI investigation was later 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.

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.

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