Sen. Coons: Trump's 'Closeness' to Putin Is 'Alarming'

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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".

As a result, USA officials told the Post, there exists "no detailed record, even in classified files", of Trump's meetings with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years.

"I mean, it's so ridiculous", he told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, without directly denying the Post story. "It was a great conversation".

"I have concluded that the Treasury Department's proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska's control and influence of these companies and the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump Administration and keep these sanctions in place", Schumer said in a news release.

It wasn't the weekend that President Donald Trump wanted: largely alone at the White House, irked by a pair of startling Russian Federation headlines and baffled that he's not getting more credit for staying put during the partial government shutdown.

Officials also told the Post that they never received a full, detailed account of Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki in July 2018.

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

The Post reported that the US interpreter present at the official Hamburg meeting was approached by other administration officials seeking more information about what the two leaders discussed.

"If you compare objectively President Trump's policies to Russia compared to President Obama's policies to Russia, by any measure, President Obama was much easier, much more gentle on Russia", Cruz said. And the investigation was whether you were actively working for Russian Federation or unwittingly. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CBS' "Face the Nation" that any notion the president was a threat to US security "is absolutely ludicrous". But the White House, and Trump himself, disagree. "I couldn't care less".

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., defended the president, who he said was "burned earlier by leaks of other private conversations".

On Sunday, Cruz told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the media's focus on special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's campaign to disrupt the 2016 US presidential election is just another example of the disconnect between most of the nation and its capital.

"I'd like to get the notes of the meeting that the President had with Putin".

Pirro went on to ask Trump, "Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?" "This is absurd", she said.

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. "Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is up for grabs".

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