The first, published by the New York Times on Friday, revealed the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into the president the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey. Russian Federation has denied interfering, and Trump has said repeatedly there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow.
Trump most recently made the claim following a published report that his behavior in the early months of his presidency gave federal law enforcement officials reason to begin investigating whether he had worked for Russian Federation against American interests.
Trump responded to the story Saturday during a telephone interview broadcast on Fox News Channel after host Jeanine Pirro, a personal friend, asked the Russian Federation question.
"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", Trump said. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written and if you read the [New York Times] article you see that they found absolutely nothing". "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation".
Pirro went on to ask Trump, "are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?"
On Sunday Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat and vice-chair of the Senate intelligence committee, said it was suspicious that Trump has "parroted" the policies of Putin.
John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat who has announced a run for the White House, called Trump's behavior toward Russian Federation "highly suspicious", adding, "We haven't had a president who has been as supportive of Vladimir Putin in decades". Warner accused the White House of being very slow to put in place the penalties.
"My firing of James Comey was a great day for America", Trump claimed, describing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as "a Crooked Cop who is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller".
In the Fox News interview, Trump said he did not care if details of the July 2018 meeting were made public.
Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, sent an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department in June raising concerns about Mueller's investigation, and arguing that it was inappropriate for Mueller to look into whether Trump may have sought to undermine the probe. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.
"And that is part of what the draft of Mueller's report, I'm told, is to be about", he said.
"I would need a firm commitment that he will not allow any interference in the Mueller investigation", Coons said on "Fox News Sunday". The report cited unnamed current and former USA officials.
Their statement follows Trump's comments in a Fox News Channel interview in which he alleges potential legal problems involving a Cohen relative and takes digs at Cohen's honesty and own legal woes. "That meeting is up for grabs".
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., defended the president, who he said was "burned earlier by leaks of other private conversations".
"If this really did happen, Congress needs to know about it", he added. The president also hinted that the Russian Federation collusion "hoax" would soon backfire badly on the perpetrators, including some individuals whom he didn't identify because it would make "front page news" if he did.