FBI investigated how Trump’s actions seemed to benefit Russian Federation

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

Pirro went on to ask Trump to respond to the Times report alleging that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation the day after he fired Comey in May of 2017.

The paper says Mr Trump concealed details of his conversations with Mr Putin from senior officials in his administration, quoting unnamed current and former United States officials.

President Trump said the question was the most insulting thing he's ever been asked and proceeded to slam fired officials from the bureau who led the initial investigation.

The report of the inquiry published in the New York Times was based on the testimonies of former U.S. law agents, and others involved in the case.

After a G-20 meeting in Hamburg in July 2017, the president took possession of his interpreter's notes and instructed the linguist "not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials", the Post reported, citing current and former USA officials.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says he'll force a vote in the coming days on the Treasury Department's decision to ease sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

With Democrats taking over the House, though, Trump can expect that they will be launching investigations to find out exactly what the two men talked about. "I had a conversation like every president does".

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia says nearly all of the sanctions on Russian Federation arose in Congress because of huge concerns by both parties about Russia's actions. Warner accused the White House of being very slow to put in place the penalties.

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The FBI had also began looking into whether Mr. Trump had obstructed justice when he fired Comey, an aspect of the investigation that was already widely known.

The Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn't launch an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the unnamed officials. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president's own actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

On Friday, the New York Times published a story about an FBI probe into Trump's behavior following his firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Robert Mueller inherited the obstruction of justice investigation when he was named special counsel shortly after Comey's firing. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said the report "may well suggest what it was that helped start this investigation in the first place".

President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing".

Trump has repeatedly denounced the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt", denying any collusion with Russia's attempt to sway the 2016 election.

"When you get outside the Beltway, I don't see anyone concerned about this at all", Cruz told NBC News' Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press", according to NBC News.

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