Top Republican lawmakers appeared unfazed Sunday by reports that President Donald Trump has "gone to extraordinary lengths" to hide his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the last two years.
The spokesman talked to the Post on the condition of anonymity and said that following the 2017 Hamburg meeting that included Tillerson, the former secretary of state "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other U.S. officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press".
"Trump said only nice things about Putin, he never spoke ill about Russian Federation".
Several administration officials asked the interpreter what had been discussed.
"Are you now, or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?" 'I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written'.
The Washington Post reported over the weekend that Trump has repeatedly sought to hide his interactions with Putin, often one of the main USA adversaries in worldwide affairs.
"It's our responsibility to try to find out, in the best interest of the country, what really has gone on with Putin and Trump", Engel told NPR's Sarah McCammon Sunday on All Things Considered.More news: Sudan police fire tear gas as protests erupt in Khartoum, Darfur
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Trump has been trying to play up his presence at the White House during the standoff as a sign that it's Democrats who won't negotiate a deal. "The Republicans on our committee voted us down", he wrote. Only Putin's interpreter was present for that conversation.
He was referring to a New York Times report Friday night that law enforcement officials were so anxious about President Trump's behavior just days after he fired James Comey as FBI director that they launched an investigation into whether the president was working for Russian Federation against American interests.
Claims that once were the province of an extremist group, on the fringes of American politics, are now embraced by the military-intelligence apparatus, appear on the front page of the most influential American daily newspaper, and dominate the network and cable television news.
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".
"Funny thing about James Comey".
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), said in a statement that the House Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, will be taking action.
Trump was responding to a Washington Post report, which said he went to great lengths to hide details of his discussions with Putin. "After the rigged & botched Crooked Hillary investigation, where she was interviewed on July 4th Weekend, not recorded or sworn in, and where she said she didn't know anything (a lie),". James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In the inquiry, counterintelligence investigators sought to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security.