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Trump Accused of Keeping Details of Putin Talks Secret

Trump Accused of Keeping Details of Putin Talks Secret

When asked why not release details of the almost two-hour conversation, Trump said: "I would, I don't with care".

The New York Times reported that the FBI launched the previously undisclosed counterintelligence investigation to determine whether Trump posed a national security threat, at the same time that it opened a criminal probe into possible obstruction of justice by the president. Russian Federation denies it sought to influence the election.

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the investigation into Mr Trump days after the FBI opened it, as he examined allegations of Russian election interference, the Times reported. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing".

The officials said they found out about the apparent concealment when a White House adviser and a State Department official tried to get information from the interpreter beyond a separate readout provided by Tillerson.

'I'm not keeping anything under wraps - I couldn't care less, it's so ridiculous, ' Trump fired back in the interview with Pirro.

Donald Trump has said he "couldn't care less" after a series of bombshell reports over the weekend shed further light on his relationship with Vladimir Putin. We had a great conversation.

The revelation, reported by the Washington Post on Saturday, came a day after it was revealed the FBI had investigated whether Trump has been working on behalf of Russian Federation, against U.S. interests.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is thought to be in the final stages of an investigation that has focused largely on whether Trump or his associates conspired with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he could not comment on the specifics of the report, but said his committee would press ahead with its probe of Mr Trump's contacts with Russian Federation.

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The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States' main adversaries.

But Trump's behaviour in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing as FBI director, specifically two instances in which he seemed to tie Comey's removal to the Russian Federation investigation, helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the investigation, according to the newspaper.

And Trump's former presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been convicted in one case brought by Mueller and pleaded guilty in another, over financial crimes related to his work in Ukraine before the 2016 campaign, and for witness tampering.

Mr Trump lashed out at the Times and former Federal Bureau of Investigation leaders, and criticized the agency's earlier probe of Democrat Hillary Clinton, his rival in the 2016 election.

"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!"

U.S. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement the report is "so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response".

Trump also reiterated that he had been tougher to Russian Federation than any of his predecessors.

"Cohen, who will testify in Congress on February 7, insists that he has never been to Prague, but added in a tweet: "#Mueller knows everything!"