Trump denies alleged collusion with Russia

Friday, 12 Jan, 2018

While discussions are underway about President Donald Trump possibly speaking with special counsel Robert Mueller's team, FBI investigators have not so far requested an interview with Vice President Mike Pence, a person familiar with the matter said.

So far, Mueller has indicted President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his long-time business partner and campaign official Rick Gates, but for charges not related to the campaign.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday held a joint press conference at the White House with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

The Special Counsel's team could interview Trump soon on some limited portion of questions - possibly within the next several weeks, according to a person close to the President.

Trump then questioned why he would be interviewed, arguing again there had been "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Marcy Wheeler says Congress is poised to give protections from government electronic eavesdropping to criminal suspects, but not to ordinary citizens the government might spy on. For good measure, he threw in a few of his favourite terms of opprobrium such as "witch hunt" and "Democrat hoax".

In December, for example, the "Morning Joe" panel said that Trump's slurred words while announcing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital raised new concerns about his mental health, prompting Brzezinski to say, "there was a struggle happening", while Scarborough agreed.

The transition lawyer, Kory Langhofer, did not explain how the group was made aware that the GSA memo exists but said "it is our understanding" that the document was sent in June by the GSA's top lawyer, Richard Beckler, to Mueller's team. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, and yet on and on it goes.

"Working with countries, whether it's Russian Federation or China or India, or any of the countries that surround this world and encompass this world, is a very good thing".

Grassley told CNN he opposed Feinstein's decision and contended the release would make voluntary testimony from future witnesses more hard.

The transcript of the interview with Simpson that Feinstein released earlier this week buttresses that point. "Must have tough Primary!" he wrote on Twitter.

The material wasn't classified, and Ms Feinstein said yesterday that she didn't do anything illegal. But even if that is so, allowing prosecutors to interview a sitting president who has a history of hyperbolic or baseless assertions carries legal risk for him.

At The Week, I explained why Trump's lawyers are so terrified of what will happen if the president sits down for an interview with Robert Mueller.

Mr Grassley said in an angry news release on Tuesday that he was "confounded" by the release and argued that it could undermine attempts to get additional witnesses.

"I've been in office now for 11 months", Trump said of the probe. The thought in the back of Republican minds is simple: what happens to Trump and the party if a recession hits? "But only 32 percent of Democrats say the same". And in a tweet he lambasted "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein" and said it was high time for Republicans to "take control" of the Russian Federation investigations.

Trump has often invoked Feinstein on the collusion issue.

"My positions are going to be what people in this room come up with", he said.

He called the allegations of collusion with Russian Federation and any possible wrongdoing by his campaign "a Democrat hoax" and a "phony cloud" to deflect from Hillary Clinton losing the Electoral College and thus the White House. I'll speak to attorneys. Richard Burr. Neither senator would comment on the meeting's goal.