Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Trump Mocks latest revelations about Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence probe of him

Trump Mocks latest revelations about Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence probe of him

The reports come on the heels of a New York Times article that the FBI began investigating whether Trump was working on behalf of Russian interests after his May 2017 firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was then leading the probe into Russia interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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.

"I have those meetings one-on-one with all leaders including the president of China, including prime minister of Japan", Trump said.

He added: "I think it's a disgrace that you even ask that question because it's a whole big fat hoax". Trump called the Russian Federation probe "a whole big fat hoax".

Trump fired former FBI director James 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. "If the president says something or does something the FBI doesn't like, can the FBI launch a criminal investigation on what seems to me to be, really, very shaky grounds?"

Lazare called the FBI investigating Trump "constitutionally uncharted waters", noting it raises the question of "who's in charge here, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the president? The reason President Trump fired Comey was Comey refused to say that to the public, that the president was not under investigation".

Trump has repeatedly withheld details of his conversations with Putin, according to current and former US officials, a practice that has left officials blind to the dynamic between the two leaders and intensified questions within the administration over the president's actions. I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written. (Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did attend that meeting.) You'll recall that Trump was also later revealed to have had a long private conversation with Putin at the official G20 banquet.

Coons said, "That was a concerning, even alarming report".

He told Fox News talk show host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday "if you ask the folks in Russian Federation, I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other - probably any other president period, but certainly the last three or four presidents, modern day presidents".

He said that if there was a suggestion Trump was discussing something improper with a foreign leader, only then would it raise a different concern. The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too, ' Baker told the House Intelligence Committee.

Trump's failure to allow other officials into the room or share notes of the meeting has become something of a Rorschach test inside the government.

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