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Trump says he 'never worked for Russia' in response to NYT report

Trump says he 'never worked for Russia' in response to NYT report

President Donald Trump on Monday denied that he worked for Russian Federation, blasting the FBI officials who launched a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was working at the behest of Russian Federation "known scoundrels" and "dirty cops". They're about when are we actually going to secure the border? Schiff wrote on Twitter. "Shouldn't we find out whether our president is really putting "America first"?"

The administration appears unlikely to acquiesce to such a demand without a fight.

The president has been forced to defend himself against the dual controversies of the longest-ever government shutdown and two explosive weekend reports about his interactions with Russian Federation.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials started investigating whether Trump "was knowingly working for Russian Federation or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence" because of his behavior after he fired former FBI chief James Comey in May 2017.

Speaking more broadly of FBI leadership at the time, Trump said "the people doing that investigation were people that have been caught that are known scoundrels". Simply put, there is no value to this infringement on executive privilege at the zenith of presidential authority, which means that the House should get slapped down by the federal courts, assuming it goes that far. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said on ABC's "This Week".

Trump said Monday he had nothing to hide from his private two hours of talks with Putin in July at their Helsinki summit, where only interpreters were in the room with the two leaders.

"If you ask the folks in Russian Federation, I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other. probably any other president, period, but certainly the last three or four presidents". Those included at least one occasion, in 2017 in Hamburg, when Trump took possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructed the linguist not to discuss what had happened with other administration officials.

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Trump also pointed to "bias" shown by former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok and former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, two employees who were having an affair and exchanged derogatory texts about Trump. The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too, ' Baker told the House Intelligence Committee.

Trump has continued to argue that he has no ties to Russian Federation and does not work on behalf of the country's leader.

On top of that, no one has any evidence that Trump did anything wrong, other than the common assumption made by Trump's political opposition that he does everything wrong.

Republicans defended Trump on Sunday. They also raised concerns they could face objections from White House lawyers, who could mount a legal argument that the president's executive privilege extends to the interpreter.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the House minority leader, defended Trump's choice to talk privately with Putin or other leaders.

"I don't know the details of the specifics there", Cruz said.