Where the investigations into U.S. President Donald Trump stand

Geraldine Edwards
January 14, 2019

Trump's actions were reportedly brought to light when a White House advisor and senior State Department official requested further information from the interpreter in addition to a handout provided by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who also attended. "These people make it up", Trump said.

In 2018 Trump refused to impose sanctions on Russian Federation that were passed into law nearly unanimously previous year and was created to punish Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Administration officials have been unable to glean details of at least three other public interactions between the leaders over the past two years. "I helped with some of these meetings after the fact".

"It handicaps the U.S. government - the experts and advisers and Cabinet officers who are there to serve - and it certainly gives Putin much more scope to manipulate Trump".

Trump in the Fox News interview Saturday claimed that he had never attempted to hide what he had discussed with Putin.

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I have observed before that when I talk to people who detest the president, the first thing they almost always mention is his tweets.

A published report said federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about Trump's behaviour in the days after he fired James Comey as FBI director that they opened an investigation into whether Trump had been working for Russian Federation against USA interests.

A U.S. House of Representatives committee will look into a newspaper report that the FBI investigated whether President Donald Trump has been working on behalf of Russian Federation, against U.S. interests, the panel's Democratic chairman said on Saturday.

Robert Mueller has spent 20 months investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, and possible collusion between the Trump's campaign and Moscow.

No evidence has publicly emerged that Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian officials, the Times said. 'Anybody could have listened to that meeting, it is open for grabs.

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Trump also took aim at an earlier story in The New York Times stating that the FBI launched a previously undisclosed counterintelligence investigation to determine whether he posed a national security threat, at the same time that it opened a criminal probe into possible obstruction of justice.

According to Trump, "the FBI was in complete turmoil... because of Comey's poor leadership" and the way he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server to send some government emails.

The Associated Press, commenting on Trump's next series of tweets, which related to the partial government shutdown and the wall, seemingly ridiculed the president as "tweet [ing] into the void" while Congress is away from D.C.

The Post reported that, while the American interpreter in the room during the Hamburg meeting "refused" to discuss it with other administration officials, the interpreter did say that Trump responded "I believe you" after Putin denied any Russian involvement in the USA election.

In the same interview with Pirro, Trump referred to the Times' article as "the most insulting article I've ever had written [about me]".

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When asked by Pirro about the story, Trump said he and Putin had "a great conversation". Trump frequently says the United States would be better off if it got along better with Russian Federation - and that position, right or wrong, is certainly not criminally suspect. That, according to the Post, was when USA officials became aware of Trump's efforts.

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