Trump says he ‘never worked for Russia’

Hugh Fox
January 15, 2019

President Donald Trump told reporters that he "never worked for Russia", responding to reports over the weekend that the FBI opened an investigation into whether he was willingly or unwittingly working on behalf of the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, have also warned Mr Trump not to interfere with their hearings after he assailed his former attorney Michael Cohen, who will testify before a congressional committee next month.

Lawyers for the two committees are planning to meet Monday to evaluate their legal options for subpoenaing both Gross and another interpreter, who was present during a meeting in Hamburg, Germany, between Trump and Putin that occurred without aides present.

As a result, USA officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump's face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. "Not only did I never work for Russian Federation but it's a disgrace that you even asked that question because it's a whole big fat hoax", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn as he departed the White House to deliver a speech in New Orleans.

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Still, Tapper asked: "If you were in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, you think there might be something worth taking a look at there?"

President Donald Trump denied Monday he ever worked for Russian Federation, answering a question he declined to directly address over the weekend.

The U.S. president has said the Mueller investigation is "a witch hunt".

In his Saturday night appearance on Fox News, Mr Trump made a cryptic remark, saying that Mr Cohen "should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that's the one that people want to look at". "The reason President Trump fired Comey was Comey refused to say that to the public, that the president was not under investigation".

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Mr Trump never answered Ms Pirro's question directly, but went on to say that no president has taken a harder stance against Russian Federation than he has.

Several administration officials asked the interpreter what had been discussed. Journalists have previously called attention to the fact that Putin sent Trump a secret letter in 2013 after the then real estate mogul held a Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. We don't know whether that probe is still active, but one can safely assume that it was folded into special counsel Robert Mueller's portfolio along with a number of other investigations that had been opened into Russian spying, sabotage and cyber-propaganda over the course of the presidential campaign. "I have relationships with nearly everybody and that's a good thing not a bad thing", he said.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that after Trump fired Comey, the FBI launched an investigation, and King said Monday that it was "almost like a coup within the government" to do that.

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