Trump Says He's 'Not Keeping Anything Under Wraps,' About Meetings With Putin

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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.

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"Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, nearly all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!"

Trump went on to assert that no president has taken a harder stance against Russian Federation than he has. "I'm not keeping anything under wraps".

"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".

He said that he fired Comey because he was "a awful liar, and he did a bad job as the FBI director" and called the former director's handling of the Clinton email probe "one of the biggest screw-ups that anybody's ever seen as an investigation". And the investigation was whether you were actively working for Russian Federation or unwittingly.

"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", Trump responded.

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After a G-20 meeting in Hamburg in July 2017, the president took possession of his interpreter's notes and instructed the linguist "not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials", the Post reported, citing current and former US officials.

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President Donald Trump has taken steps to keep the details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin from reaching other members of his administration, the Washington Post reported Saturday, leaving holes in the USA government's account of what happened during meetings between the two leaders at five locations over the past two years.

"The Washington Post is nearly as bad, or probably as bad, as the New York Times", Trump said. The report cited unnamed current and former USA officials. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle. "That meeting is open for grabs".

Senior U.S. officials told the Post they never received a reliable readout of Mr. Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki. "It's pretty much up to him in terms of who he wants to read into his conversations with world leaders", Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

They discussed a range of options, including Rosenstein wearing a wire while speaking with Trump, which Rosenstein later denied.

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