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.
The White House spokesperson, speaking anonymously, told the Post that Tillerson "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other USA officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press".
Bernstein, who is renowned for his coverage of the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of former President Richard Nixon, appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday to discuss two bombshell reports released this weekend, one from The New York Times and one from The Washington Post, which revealed new details about whether or not Trump and his aides have colluded with Russian Federation.
Asked whether he'd like Congress to investigate the matter, including potentially calling the president's translator to testify, McCarthy said, "I'd like the president to be able to build these relationships".
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. The interpreter revealed only that Mr. Trump replied "I believe you" when Putin denied meddling in the USA elections, according to the Post. Little is known about what transpired behind closed doors.
"This is about the most serious counterintelligence people we have in the USA government saying, 'Oh, my God, the president's words and actions lead us to conclude that somehow he has become a witting, unwitting, or half-witting pawn, certainly in some regards, to Vladimir Putin, '" Bernstein explained during his appearance on Reliable Sources.
In the Fox News interview, Trump questioned why the newspaper made such a "big deal" out of his discussions with Putin in Helsinki last summer.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Post he "was present for the entirety of the two presidents' official bilateral meeting in Hamburg", but declined to share additional details. "So I'm going to ask you, are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?" Presidents obviously have the right to change American foreign policy, and to forge friendships with countries that had been previously hostile. "That meeting is open for grabs". He also accused the Post of fabricating the report.
There remains no detailed record, even in classified files, of face-to-face meetings between Trump and Putin from five locations over the past two years, the report said. Mr. Trump said he believed the Russian president, contradicting the conclusions of the USA intelligence community. They cited Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a controversy that many believe helped Trump defeat the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election.
"That's some real corruption in the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said of McCabe's alleged lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as uncovered by an Inspector Generals's report.
Trump went on to assert that no president has taken a harder stance against Russian Federation than he has.
"In fact, when I was sacked as director, I still didn't know whether there was anything to it", Comey said in testimony, according to the transcript.