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Trump Lashes Out at FBI After NYT Report on Russia Inquiry

US President Donald Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former US officials say.

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.

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.

Appearing on CNN's New Day, Samantha Vinograd said that it was puzzling - or maybe not - why Trump would be hiding what transpired between the two leaders when they met in private with only interpreters on hand. 'I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written'.

In 2018 Trump refused to impose sanctions on Russian Federation that were passed into law nearly unanimously past year and was created to punish Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 United States election.

In the past USA presidents have made great effort to have their meetings with Russian leaders well documented, to allow top diplomats and security officials to study what was said and possible implications.

US President Donald Trump, left, listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018.




The Associated Press, commenting on Trump's next series of tweets, which related to the partial government shutdown and the wall, seemingly ridiculed the president as "tweet [ing] into the void" while Congress is away from D.C.

At the same time that the FBI opened a probe into Trump for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey, counterintelligence agents were investigating why Trump was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation, a source familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday.

Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017, citing a letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that sharply criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The FBI was concerned President Trum could be actively working for Russian Federation.

Comey took to Twitter later on Saturday, offering a quote he attributed to former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made".

The spokesman added that Trump has tried to "improve the relationship with Russia" and "imposed significant new sanctions in response to Russian malign activities".

Trump has repeatedly criticized the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and views it as an attempt to besmirch the legitimacy of his presidency. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison for multiple crimes, including felony violations of campaign finance laws that prosecutors allege were carried out under Trump's direction.

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