Former Deputy Secretary of State: Trump's secrecy on Putin meetings 'outrageous'

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He was also accused by The Washington Post of withholding information about talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to the Post, on at least one occasion Trump confiscated notes from the interpreter present at meetings between the two leaders and instructed them not to discuss the details of the conversations with other administration officials.

"Here's the bottom line", the president said.

When asked by Pirro about the story, Trump said he and Putin had "a great conversation".

Trump tweeted early Saturday that the report showed that the FBI leadership "opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof" after he had fired Comey.

"I mean it's so ridiculous", he added, before taking a swipe at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who has been in the news lately for an ugly divorce after his sexts with former "Extra" and Fox News host Lauren Sanchez surfaced.

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.

"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". The secrecy "is not only unusual by historical standards, it is outrageous", says Strobe Talbot, former deputy secretary of state under Bill Clinton.

It wasn't the weekend that President Donald Trump wanted: largely alone at the White House, irked by a pair of startling Russian Federation headlines and baffled that he's not getting more credit for staying put during the partial government shutdown.

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The report of the inquiry published in the New York Times was based on the testimonies of former U.S. law agents, and others involved in the case. The report Friday cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

Sanders called the report "absurd".

Asked by Pirro if he'd ever worked on behalf of Russia, Trump did not directly answer the question.

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 US election. "And if you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing".

Trump began responding to the New York Times report with an angry stream of tweets aimed at the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday.

Pirro went on to ask Trump to respond to the Times report alleging that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation the day after he fired Comey in May of 2017.

Comey appeared to respond to Trump's tweet, writing on Twitter: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made".

Schumer said given Deripaska's potential involvement with Manafort, and since special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's ties with Russian Federation has not yet concluded, "It's all the more reason these sanctions must remain in place".

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

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