Former Deputy Secretary of State: Trump's secrecy on Putin meetings 'outrageous'

Sen. Dick Durbin

With new Washington Post reporting that President Donald Trump may have taken unprecedented, and potentially illegal, measures to hide the contents of private conversations with President Vladimir Putin, we are providing you with an update on several ongoing Russian threat streams.

The US president said he met one-on-one with many world leaders but the meetings with Mr Putin were all that were focused on. "I don't get it".

A new report in The Washington Post said Trump went to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin even from high-ranking officials in his own administration.

The New York Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Mr Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but did not open an investigation at that time because they were not sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the unnamed officials.

"I have concluded that the Treasury Department's proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska's control and influence of these companies, and the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump Administration and keep these sanctions in place", the New York Democrat said in a statement.

"I would, I don't care", the president told Pirro. He also reportedly told Russian officials visiting the White House that firing Comey, who he called a "nut job", had relieved "great pressure because of Russia".

"You know, there's so many questions raised", said Senator Dick Durbin, a top Democrat, on NBC's Meet the Press.

"Well, I would (release details of the conversations with Putin)..." According to the story, Trump's actions included "taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials", such as former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

US Congress passed a bill Thursday to compensate them when the government reopens, but there was worries now that could take a while. "Shouldn't we find out whether our president is really putting 'America first?'" he asked.

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A separate source said Baker told investigators the internal FBI debate over the president's decision to fire Comey on May 9, 2017, included personnel who have since left the bureau for cause, retired, or have been demoted.

"Anybody could have listened to that meeting", he said.

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing.

His former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for campaign finance and fraud crimes while his campaign chief Paul Manafort was convicted of financial fraud.

The potential that Trump is working on behalf of Russian Federation, therefore, by definition posits some kind of corrupt secret relationship.

A Democratic congressional leader on Sunday questioned why Trump has a habit of being friendly with Putin.

This alleged inquiry was eventually merged into the Mueller investigation.

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.

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