Trump Says He's 'Not Keeping Anything Under Wraps,' About Meetings With Putin

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Ratcliffe said he was surprised to read Friday's New York Times report, which quoted part of his Baker interview, and reported that after the Comey firing "law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior" that they began investigating whether Trump was working on behalf of Russian Federation.

Coons said, "That was a concerning, even alarming report".

Schumer said given Deripaska's potential involvement with Manafort, and since special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's ties with Russian Federation has not yet concluded, "It's all the more reason these sanctions must remain in place".

'I'm not going to talk about what we may have been briefed in "the Gang of Eight" when these investigations opened, but I do think it's curious that throughout that whole summer when these investigations started, you had Vladimir Putin policies nearly being parroted by Donald Trump, ' Warner said. Instead, he said, "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked. I do think what we can all agree on is that the Mueller investigation should reach its conclusion".

Mr Comey took to Twitter later on Saturday, offering a quote he attributed to former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made".

"If you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing", he said.

Trump never answered Pirro directly, but went on to assert that no president has taken a harder stance against Russian Federation than he has.

President Trump was so intent on keeping his chats with Vladimir Putin secret, he once made his interpreter turn over his notes and promise to never discuss them, current and former United States officials told The Washington Post. 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.

Asked if he believes it's possible that President Trump has been compromised by Russia, Sen.

How did Trump & the White House respond?

"Anybody could have listened to that meeting", he said of a closed-door, one-on-one meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

Warner is a member of the 'Gang of Eight, ' a bipartisan group of senior lawmakers from the House and Senate who receive classified intelligence briefings from the White House.

Russian Federation has denied interfering, and Trump has said repeatedly there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

The House Republican would not further describe the contents of the Baker transcript but said it was clear, based on his direct questioning of Baker, that in May 2017 "FBI senior leadership could not accept Comey was sacked for cause and the president had the constitutional authority to terminate Comey".

The interview comes as the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee intends to investigate the claims made in the New York Times report. "If this really did happen, Congress needs to know about it and what I want to do is make sure how could the Federal Bureau of Investigation do that?"

He compared his conversations with Putin to what "every president does - you sit with the president of various countries".