Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Cruz: People outside DC are not concerned with Russian Federation investigation

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe R-Texas says his questions uncovered revelations that in May 2017 senior FBI leadership debated whether President Trump was directed by the Russian government to fire FBI Director James Comey Trump blasts FBI probe into whether he worked for Russia
Steven Clarke | 14 January, 2019, 08:40

Trump responded to the report Saturday during a telephone interview broadcast on Fox News Channel after host Jeanine Pirro, who is also a personal friend of the president, asked whether he is now or has ever worked for Russian Federation.

"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, much more gentle on Russia", Cruz said.

"If you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing", he said.

Robert Mueller has spent 20 months investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and possible collusion between the Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Trump's behavior in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the probe, according to the newspaper.

He said the easing is a particular misfire "given Mr. Deripaska's potential involvement with [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort".

Investigators led by former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller are trying to establish whether there was any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign team and the Russian state to help get him elected. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

US President Donald Trump has denied hiding details of conversations with Russia's Vladimir Putin, saying he is "not keeping anything under wraps".

Citing current and former US officials, the paper said that on at least one occasion, in Hamburg in 2017, Trump took away his interpreter's notes following talks and instructed that person not to discuss what had transpired with other officials.

Andy Murray's chances to feature at Wimbledon 'not impossible' - hip surgeon
Now I feel refreshed to start the year, but still I am a little bit back with everything, preparation and matches. "We like him. It's no accident that I've written first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936. "She has been so successful in the game".

Trump has also repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russians.

In Helsinki, the two presidents spoke behind closed doors for two hours with only their interpreters present.

The Post reported that the USA interpreter present at the official Hamburg meeting was approached by other administration officials seeking more information about what the two leaders discussed.

The U.S. president has described the inquiry as "a witch hunt".

And there is reportedly no record of his one-on-one, two-hour discussion with Mr Putin in Helsinki past year. Pirro asked on Saturday.

He added, "I was very concerned by President Trump's steadfast and public refusal to embrace the conclusion of our own intelligence community that Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation had interfered in our 2016 election. You sit with the president of various countries", Trump said.

"I would. I don't care", said Trump about revealing details of the discussion. "That meeting is up for grabs". He also accused the Post of fabricating the report. "America deserves the truth and the Foreign Affairs Committee will seek to get to the bottom of it", said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Mr. Trump said he believed the Russian president, contradicting the conclusions of the USA intelligence community.

"Every time Trump meets with Putin, the country is told nothing", Engel said in a statement.

Cruz went on to defend President Donald Trump's stance on Russian Federation as being "tougher" than his predecessor Barack Obama.

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