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Trump’s weekend: new Russian Federation questions, shutdown irritants

Trump’s weekend: new Russian Federation questions, shutdown irritants

The question came after The New York Times reported that law enforcement officials began investigating, in 2017, whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russian Federation against us interests.

Trump went on a Twitter tirade in response to The New York Times' report, slamming multiple former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who have been fired.

When Pirro asked if he had ever worked for Russia, Trump said it was "the most insulting thing I've ever been asked".

The investigation the FBI opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

The president pushed back on the Times' report several times this weekend.

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.

When he was asked by a friendly Fox News interviewer on Saturday whether he was working for Russia, Trump offered a non-denial, saying only he was insulted by the question.

"When I see Lisa, and her lover, and their notes, and their texts get captured and you see what they said about me having nothing to do with investigation", Trump said.

These include his former national security adviser Michael Flynn; former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort; and Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

"This is not about the 'deep state, ' " Bernstein said, referring to a pejorative label for career bureaucrats in the government whom some conservatives believe are plotting against the president.

Judge Thomas Ellis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District, said a year ago that Manafort was punished to squeeze him to talk against Trump, Dershowitz said, and he agrees.

Robert Mueller, who was named special counsel days after Comey's firing, has taken over the FBI's investigation.

A White House spokesman told the Post that the Trump administration has looked to "improve the relationship with Russia" after the Obama administration "pursued a flawed "reset" policy that sought engagement for the sake of engagement".

Comey's firing and Trump's remarks shortly after were the catalyst for the counterintelligence investigation, The Times reported.

"Little did I know that it appears that they were all in it together", Dowd told Kilmeade.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders criticized the Times' report.

"You don't need me and McCarthy to make it", Dershowitz said.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that Americans beyond the Beltway do not think the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow is that important.

"I'm going to ask the FBI director was there a counterintelligence investigation opened up regarding the president as being a potential agent of the Russians", Graham said.

Trump also took issue with "Washington Post" report that he had concealed details about his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and confiscated his interpreter's notes.

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