Trump says he has nothing to hide about meetings with Putin

Trump Repeatedly Took ‘Extraordinary’ Measures to Hide Details of Face-to-Face Meetings With Putin: Report

"Counterintelligence concerns about those associated with the Trump campaign, including the president himself, have been at the heart of our investigation since the beginning", Mr Schiff said, a California Democrat.

The New York Times said FBI officials became suspicious of Mr Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but held off on opening an investigation until Mr Trump tied his dismissal of Mr Comey to a probe into allegations of election meddling by Russian Federation.

It is unusual for these meetings of these nature to not be reported, as per past presidential standards, the Post notes, especially considering allegations of Russian Federation interfering in the 2016 election.

But though Tillerson had declined during the news conference to say whether Trump had accepted or rejected Putin's denial, Trump administration officials said the only detail the interpreter would give them was that Trump responded by telling Putin, "I believe you".

Trump's efforts to hide the talks was revealed after administration officials tried to get information about the conversation - beyond what was provided by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - from the interpreter.

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.

Tillerson has previously discussed the Hamburg meeting, telling reporters at a news conference that Trump "pressed" Putin on allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which Putin denied. You sit with the president of various countries... The publication claimed that even the classified United States files did not contain a single detailed record of conversations in five locations over the past two years.

The report comes one day after the New York Times reported that the FBI had investigated whether Trump was working for Russian Federation.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller III is now investigating whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russian Federation during the election, but there is no timetable when the final report will be released.

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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". The FBI was concerned President Trum could be actively working for Russian Federation.

"Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, nearly all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!"

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

"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", he said.

"The president also again defended his firing of ex-FBI Director James Comey, voicing outrage over a New York Times report that as a result of the firing, the FBI had investigated if Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russian Federation".

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.

Trump's ex-national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties.

Mueller has indicted 33 people in the probe and convicted some of the president's close associates.

"Cohen, who will testify in Congress on February 7, insists that he has never been to Prague, but added in a tweet: "#Mueller knows everything!"

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