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Trump calls report on FBI probe of him 'most insulting'

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Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2019, 17:11

"I'm not keeping anything under wraps", Trump insisted in an interview Saturday night with Jeanine Pirro on Fox News.

Trump said that it was "the most insulting article I've ever had written [about me]" on Saturday, and asserted that he has been "tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other - probably any other president period".

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.

"I mean it's so ridiculous", he added, before taking a swipe at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who has been in the news lately for an ugly divorce after his sexts with former "Extra" and Fox News host Lauren Sanchez surfaced.

Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017, citing a letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that sharply criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Former FBI director James Comey. was sacked by Donald Trump.

Trump dismissed the notion in Saturday's interview, but without ever directly denying that he was working as a secret agent for Russian Federation. "These people make it up", Trump said.

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'And, obviously, nothing was found, ' Trump said of the alleged investigation. US officials learned of Trump's actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson.

Trump allies said the president thinks the presence of subordinates impairs his ability to establish a rapport with Putin, and that his desire for secrecy may also be driven by embarrassing leaks that occurred early in his presidency. This time only Putin's interpreter is present. They spoke privately for two hours, accompanied only by their respective translators.

"I would. I don't care", Trump said when asked if he would divulge details from the meetings.

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee bemoaned on Sunday that the United States government does not know what President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed previous year at their summit in Helsinki, Finland.

Current and former U.S. officials told the paper that Trump's efforts include confiscating the notes from his interpreter and not allowing them to discuss the details of the meetings with other officials in his administration. "That meeting is open for grabs", Trump said, denying the Post report.

US officials learned of this conduct after a 2017 meeting between Trump and Putin in Hamburg, Germany, when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official wanted more information than was provided by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who also attended the meeting, the Post reports. But the evidence so far shows a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communication. I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less. The whole Russian Federation thing it's a hoax, it's a total hoax, everybody knows it'. We were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things and it was a great conversation.

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