Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, says the president has protected a talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017, because his government at the time "suffered from a large number & # 39; to leak.
Conway told reporters at the White House on Monday that the White House had not talked directly with the president about the incidents described in a Sunday article in the Washington Post. She noted, however, that the White House always worries about the leakage of national safety information.
& # 39; His phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia had leaked, he had an Oval Office meeting in May 2017, the contents of which leaked. And then there was great concern, "she said.
President Trump in the meantime spotted the news that the FBI opened a counter-espionage investigation into his activities after his firing of James Comey, pending critics who thought he was working for the Kremlin.
The president explained the reports by pointing to the fall in gas prices, which is detrimental to Russia's oil exports – although market-driven global oil prices are assumed to rise far above each individual official, including the president.
"Gas prices are falling in the United States because President Trump has deregulated energy and we now produce much more oil than ever before," Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday morning.
"But this is bad news for Russia, why would President Trump do such a thing? Did he think he worked for the Kremlin? & # 39; Trump asked.
President Trump pointed to low gas prices and mocked the idea that he could have worked for the Kremlin & # 39;
The tweet from Trump again followed a new revelation about Russia after CNN reported transcripts of testimonies from the Congress of senior officials of the FBI.
Former FBI-general counsel James Baker talked about the debate when officials considered opening an investigation into Trump – with possibilities, including his innocence, as well as Moscow.
Officials wanted to know if Trump was acting on orders and somehow followed the instructions and somehow carried out their will & # 39 ;, Baker said.
Trump responded to a bomb attack in the New York Times on Friday and stated that the FBI was starting a counter-espionage investigation into whether Trump (seen on the left with Russian President Vladimir Putin) acted as agent of the Kremlin.
Trump called Jeanine Pirro Jeanette on Saturday night to deny that he is a secret agent of Russia after a New York Times report that the FBI investigated the possibility
& # 39; That was an extreme. The other extreme is that the president is completely innocent, and we have also discussed that, "Baker said to the House Intelligence Committee.
& # 39; There is a whole range of things that can be this. We have to investigate it because we do not know if, you know, the scenario might be true in the worst case or that the president is totally innocent and we have to do this thing – and therefore he can make progress with his agenda, & # 39; he added.
Trump taunted the FBI and Comey this weekend after the New York Times reported that the FBI opened a counter-espionage in the days following Comey's firing.
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page also testified about the behavior of the FBI after Firing Comey
High FBI officials wanted to know if Moscow was somehow behind the firing of FBI director James Comey, after Trump raised the subject during an Oval Office meeting with Russians
Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former FBI leaders, almost all fired or forced to leave the office for some very bad reasons, opened an investigation to me, without reason and without evidence , after I have fired Lyin & James Comey, a total sleaze! & # 39; Trump has placed a tweet.
Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN on Sunday that, whether Trump was a know-it-all or ignorant agent of Russia, the determining question & # 39; is from the research of Special Counsel Robert Mueller
The transcripts also include the former FBI lawyer Lisa Page who commented on the days after the comedian's shooting, including a text from fellow FBI official and lover Peter Strzok that: & # 39; We should open the case where we now waiting for it while Andy is acting & # 39; – in reference to then-working FBI director Andrew McCabe.
"It is not that it could not have been done", the page testifies. "This case had been a topic of debate for some time, the wait was indecision and a caution from the office as to what to do and whether there were sufficient reasons to open," she said.
Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN on Sunday that, whether Trump was a know-it-all or ignorant agent of Russia, the determining question & # 39; is from the research of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Warner was asked about the bombing story in the New York Times on Friday, stating that the FBI was starting a counter-espionage investigation into whether Trump would act as a Russian agent after the president had dismissed FBI director James Comey.
Comey at the time led a study of Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
The Times reported that the counter-espionage probe was partly fueled by a growing alarm about Trump's behavior, including comments he suggested to dismiss Comey about the Russia investigation, which is now headed by Mueller.
When Warner was asked whether he thinks Trump acted consciously or unconsciously as a Russian agent, he quoted a report claiming that Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign leader, shared internal survey data with a Russian businessman connected to Russian intelligence services. .
& # 39; Why would you turn that information around? And what is curious is that it would be that kind of information that the Russians would later inform in the campaign when they launched their efforts on social media where they created these false identities, "Warner said.
Warner said there was clear evidence that Russian efforts were aimed at stopping African Americans from voting.
The continued decline of Trump comes days after he had a friendly television interview on Saturday with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, where he bounced when asked if he had ever worked for Russia, but never denied flat-out.
Pirro asked: "Are you or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?"
& # 39; I find it most insulting that I was asked, & # 39; Trump replied. I think this is the most insulting article I've ever written. & # 39;
& # 39; It was a big insult and the New York Times is a disaster like a newspaper, & # 39; Trump said.