Trump concealed details from meetings with Putin

Trump concealed details from meetings with Putin

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Trump's efforts to hide the talks was revealed after administration officials tried to get information about the conversation - beyond what was provided by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - from the interpreter.

At the Helsinki summit Putin and Trump were joined only by their interpreters and, as in Hamburg, aides and top advisers were unable to receive a detailed account of what was said.

FBI agents and senior officials began to suspect connections between Trump and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign but pushed off an investigation partially because they were unsure how to execute such a massive and sensitive operation, sources told the Times.

Administration officials have been unable to glean details of at least three other public interactions between the leaders over the past two years.

I think Trump is correct on all of those particulars.

Tillerson told The Post in an email that he "was present for the entirety of the two presidents' official bilateral meeting in Hamburg", but declined to comment on the meeting and whether Trump had taken the interpreter's notes. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Trump dismissed the notion in Saturday's interview, but without ever directly denying that he was working as a secret agent for Russian Federation.

United States officials told The Post that no detailed records exist - even classified ones - of Trump's face-to-face conversations with Putin in five occasions over the last two years.

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The statement echoes one she gave Friday night about a New York Times report that the FBI opened a counter-intelligence investigation into the President following the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump tweeted early Saturday that the report showed that the FBI leadership "opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof" after he had fired Comey.

The report of the inquiry published in the New York Times was based on the testimonies of former USA law agents, and others involved in the case.

The investigation was subsequently folded into the broader probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible collaboration by the Trump campaign.

While some Republicans applauded the decision, following Comey's dismissal there were also congressional members on both sides of the aisle who rebuked President Trump for his decision.

"You have to think that Trump is eager to keep the government shutdown in the limelight, because he knows the imminent Mueller report will be explosive", Valliere said in a telephone interview.

Trump himself told Fox News' Jeanine Pirro on Saturday, after the Post's report was published: "Anyone could have listened to that meeting".

Trump also took the opportunity during the 25-minute interview to touch on several other topics including the government shutdown, the US-Mexico border, and a potential race against former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Times said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign. All have been frequent targets by right-wing media outlets that claim that the so-called "deep state" to working to undermine Trump's presidency.

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