Senator disputes Trump's claim on Russia policy

President Donald Trump listens as he leads a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders Friday Jan. 11 2019 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington

Jacquelyn Martin Associated Press President Trump took part in a discussion on border security with local leaders on Friday at the White House

"Here's the bottom line", the president said.

Trump responded to the report Saturday during a telephone interview broadcast on Fox News Channel after host Jeanine Pirro, who is also a personal friend of the president, asked whether he is now or has ever worked for Russian Federation. "It was a great conversation".

Trump has taken unusual steps to keep their conversations under wraps, according to the newspaper.

'This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the USA government saying, 'Oh, my God, the president's words and actions lead us to conclude that somehow he has become a witting, unwitting, or half-witting pawn, certainly in some regards, to Vladimir Putin, " Bernstein said.

Trump also said he had "a great conversation" with Putin during their one-on-one, almost two-hour meeting in Helsinki in July 2018.

And Adam Schiff, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted that Democrats on the committee had sought past year to obtain interpreters' notes or testimony about Trump's private meeting with Putin in Helsinki, but Republicans voted them down.

The spokesman talked to the Post on the condition of anonymity and said that following the 2017 Hamburg meeting that included Tillerson, the former secretary of state "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other U.S. officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press".

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When asked by Pirro on Saturday about the Times' report and whether he had ever worked for Russia, Trump said, "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked". When it comes to Bob Mueller and the Russian Federation investigation, the mainstream media, Washington is obsessed with it.

In the chaotic aftermath at the FBI following Director James Comey's firing, a half-dozen senior FBI officials huddled to set in motion the momentous move to open an investigation into President Donald Trump that included trying to understand why he was acting in ways that seemed to benefit Russian Federation.

Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, also told CNN on Sunday that whether Trump was a witting or unwitting agent of is "the defining question" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. "I couldn't care less". You sit with the president of various countries.

"I'm in the White House, and majority are in different locations. Unless she's destroyed them, they would be of interest", he said. 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.

Whatever the facts, Democrats are eyeing a major dust-up and a chance to spend floor time blasting President Trump over allegations of election conspiracy with the Russians, along with the opportunity to make GOP lawmakers take a vote either defending or implicitly condemning the president. "That meeting is up for grabs".

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