A senior senator from the United States does not rule out President Donald Trump acting as a Russian agent during the 2016 campaign.
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.
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
US intelligence officials have said that Moscow has tried to lead the elections to Trump.
Russia has refused to interfere, and Trump has repeatedly said that there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow.
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.
Warner was asked about the bombing story in the New York Times on Friday, which stated that the FBI was going to investigate a counter-intelligence service to see if Trump (seen on the left with Russian President Vladimir Putin) acted as agent of the Kremlin.
& # 39; Did they use that survey data as a guide to the efforts of the Russian social media to suppress the African-American vote? We do not know the answer yet, "Warner said.
I hope that Mueller has more clues, but that is a very real question. & # 39;
Warner is a member of the "Gang of Eight & # 39 ;, a two-tier group of leading House and Senate legislators who receive secret information letters from the White House.
When CNN asked CNN for secret information that the & # 39; Gang of Eight & # 39; received over Russia and the Mueller investigation, Warner refused to specify this.
& # 39; I'm not going to talk about what we might be in & # 39; the Gang of Eight are informed when these investigations were opened, but I find it remarkable that throughout the summer when these investigations began, you had almost veiled the policies of Vladimir Putin by Donald Trump, & # 39; Warner.
In addition to the Mueller survey, the Senate Intelligence Committee conducted a parallel investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Last summer, the commission released preliminary findings from its investigation, including the claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a "comprehensive and advanced". public relations campaign ordered to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton as he sowed disagreement on social media.
& # 39; You just told Trump nice things about Putin. He never spoke ill of Russia, "Warner told CNN.
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
"Doctrines of the republican campaigns were alleviated on Russia and their willingness to defend Ukraine was reduced."
During a friendly television interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday, Trump has given the impression that he is or has ever been a secret agent for Russia.
A day after the New York Times filed the claim, Pirro asked Trump in an interview on Saturday night with the question: "Are you or have you ever worked for Russia? President? & # 39;
& # 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.
Trump rejected the idea in Saturday's interview, but without ever denying that he worked as a secret agent for Russia.
Trump said he had fired Comey because he was a terrible liar, and he did a terrible job as the director of the FBI. & # 39;
& # 39; And of course nothing has been found, & # 39; Trump said about the alleged investigation.