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

Sen. Dick Durbin

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"We have learned from this reporting that, even in the earliest days of the Trump administration, the president's behavior was so erratic and so concerning that the FBI felt compelled to do the unprecedented - open a counterintelligence investigation into a sitting president", Mr Nadler said.

The New York Times report Friday cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

The interview comes as the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee intends to investigate the claims made in the New York Times report.

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The New York Times said FBI officials became suspicious of Mr Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but held off on opening an investigation until Mr Trump tied his dismissal of Mr Comey to a probe into allegations of election meddling by Russian Federation.

Trump called in to Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Saturday night to discuss a variety of topics, including the southern border and the Times article.

The House Republican would not further describe the contents of the Baker transcript but said it was clear, based on his direct questioning of Baker, that in May 2017 "FBI senior leadership could not accept Comey was sacked for cause and the president had the constitutional authority to terminate Comey". There have already been concerns by special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump's firing of Comey constituted an act of obstruction of justice. They also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.

Also this weekend, the Washington Post reported that Trump "has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations" with Putin from members of his own administration-"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". The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle. "I want to see this wall get built".

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"You sit with the president of various countries", Trump said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week defended the decision, saying the companies are undergoing a major restructuring to "sever Deripaska's control and significantly diminish his ownership".

Schumer, however, contends the Russian oligarch maintains significant influence on these companies, including the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal, and said it's important the sanctions remain in place while Mueller's investigation proceeds. We know there has been collusion of some sort by [Trump's former campaign chairman Paul] Manafort.

White House aides expressed regret that the president did not more clearly and forcefully deny being a Russian agent when asked by the usually friendly Fox News host, according to three White House aides and Republicans close to the White House.

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