Trump Goes Off On Comey: 'He's A Bad Cop, A Dirty Cop'

U.S. President Trump talks to reporters after addressing closed Senate Republican policy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington

On Friday, the New York Times reported that after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, the bureau "began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russian Federation against American interests".

Trump tweeted early Saturday that the report showed that the FBI leadership "opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof" after he had fired Comey.

The Washington Post also reported over the weekend that Mr. Trump went to "extraordinary lengths" to hide details of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin from top USA officials. That's also the subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which has since superseded the initial FBI probe.

"There's nothing I'd rather do than have Russian Federation friendly [with us] as opposed to the way we are right now", Trump said in a 2016 clip played by Carlson. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 9, 2019. Barr is expected to appear in confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Republican Representative John Ratcliffe, who grilled Page in a closed-door meeting, said she had left him with the impression that "the lead investigator of the Russian collusion case, Peter Strzok, had found no evidence of collusion after almost a year".

Trump and the White House scoffed at the reports - press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called The Times' story "absurd" - and Trump later said on Twitter that reporters have become so frenzied pursuing what he calls false stories that they need a vacation.

"It's a lot of fake news", Trump said. But Trump waved off their queries, leaving the officials to rely exclusively on a brief readout that Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state at the time, had provided to the news media, according to the former official.

Trump has disparaged the newspaper reports, while characterizing himself as tough on Moscow.

Officials wanted to know if Trump was 'acting at the behest of and somehow following directions, somehow executing their will, ' Baker said. The investigation was launched after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and then tied that action to Comey's handling of the Russian Federation probe.

At a press availability Monday, Trump called several disgraced current and former federal officials "known scoundrels" and "dirty cops" when he was asked about allegations of collusion.

Trump's associate Roger Stone also knew Russian Federation had hacked John Podesta's emails before the information was publicly reported. There were also reports of his excessive secrecy over talks with the Russian president in five separate encounters.

Several administration officials asked the interpreter what had been discussed.

He said he would prefer not to do that but added: "We may have no choice". I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less. I mean it's a coup.

Speaking outside the White House, Mr Trump told reporters that it was good to have strong relationships with Russia, China and India.

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