Trump gives firm rebuke: 'I never worked for Russia'

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President Donald Trump avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation after a published report said federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about his behavior after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they began investigating whether Trump had been working for the US adversary against American interests.

"Not only did I never work for Russian Federation, I think it's a disgrace that you even asked that question because it's a whole big fat hoax", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Louisiana. "It's a disgrace that you even asked that question because it's a whole big fat hoax". I have many one-on-one, nobody ever says anything about it, but with Putin they say, 'Oh what did they talk about?' We talked about very positive things, ' Trump added, saying that Israel was among the topics discussed.

Baker was discussing a meeting between several senior FBI officials prior to the investigation, which has not resulted in any publicly-known evidence supporting the idea that Trump was acting on behalf of Russian interests when he fired Comey.

CNN's report following a bombshell New York Times story on Friday, which reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating whether Trump was working for Russian Federation before Mueller was appointed as special counsel.

"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!"

The U.S. president has said the Mueller investigation is "a witch hunt".

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

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CNN has confirmed that after a 2017 meeting with Putin in Hamburg, Germany, Trump took the interpreter's notes and told him not to share anything about the discussion with anyone else, according to a former State Department official who was in Hamburg when the meeting took place.

President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former US officials said.

Asked directly whether he is now or has ever worked for Russian Federation, he said, much as he did Monday, "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked".

Cruz, who sits on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, said he will consider any evidence provided but isn't going to base his decisions on "unsubstantiated media reports". Mr. Trump said he simply had a conversation with Putin, as he would with any world leader.

"We want to work together with the Intelligence Committee".

Another key Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, told ABC News there are "serious questions" about why Trump is "so chummy" with Putin.

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