GOP Shrugs Off Report That Trump Concealed Details Of Putin Meetings

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Other US officials learned that Trump had taken possession of the notes when they asked the interpreter for information about the discussion beyond a brief readout Tillerson had provided.

US officials only learned of Trump's actions when two aides sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout from then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Post said.

The FBI had also began looking into whether Mr. Trump had obstructed justice when he fired Comey, an aspect of the investigation that was already widely known. Only Putin's interpreter was present for that conversation.

"This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the USA government saying, 'Oh, my God, the president's words and actions lead us to conclude that somehow he has become a witting, unwitting, or half-witting pawn, certainly in some regards, to Vladimir Putin, '" Bernstein explained during his appearance on Reliable Sources.

Trump himself told Fox News' Jeanine Pirro on Saturday, after the Post's report was published: "Anyone could have listened to that meeting".

Johnson speculated that Trump felt "burned earlier by leaks of other private conversations" between him and other world leaders, prompting his effort to keep interactions with Putin from members of his own administration. He said nearly all the sanctions on Russian Federation arose not in the White House but in Congress, due to concerns by members of both parties about Moscow's actions.

Even then, the president avoided directly answering when Pirro asked whether he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation.

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"If you compare objectively, President Trump's policies to Russia compared to President Obama's policies to Russia - by any measure, President Obama was much easier, was much more gentler on Russia".

The Post reported that, while the American interpreter in the room during the Hamburg meeting "refused" to discuss it with other administration officials, the interpreter did say that Trump responded "I believe you" after Putin denied any Russian involvement in the USA election. "I do it with all countries". He also accused the Post of fabricating the report.

"The Washington Post is nearly as bad, or probably as bad, as the New York Times", Trump said.

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".

Then Trump went on to explain why he believed it was ridiculous for anyone to suggest he was working with or for Russian interests. 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.

He said that the report only suggests that after Comey was sacked in May of 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department "very rashly" thought they found a crime of obstruction against Trump.

"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.

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