LISTEN: Trump Dodges Question On Whether He Has Worked For Russia, ‘Most Insulting’ Question Ever

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President Donald Trump avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he currently is or has ever worked for Russia after a published report said federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about his behavior after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they began investigating whether Trump had been working for the U.S. adversary against American interests.

Trump said it was the “most insulting” question he’d ever been asked.

The New York Times report Friday cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

Trump responded to the report Saturday during a telephone interview broadcast on Fox News Channel after host Jeanine Pirro, who is also a personal friend of the president, asked whether he is currently or has ever worked for Russia.

“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 article you’ll see that they found absolutely nothing.”

Trump never answered Pirro’s question directly, but went on to say that no president has taken a harder stance against Russia than he has.

“If you ask the folks in Russia, I’ve been tougher on Russia than anybody else, any other … probably any other president, period, but certainly the last three or four presidents.”

The Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn’t open an investigation at that time because they weren’t sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the unnamed officials. But Trump’s behavior in the days around Comey’s May 2017 firing as FBI director, specifically two instances in which he seemed to tie Comey’s ousting to the Russia investigation, helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the investigation, according to the newspaper.

In the inquiry, counterintelligence investigators sought to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security. They also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russia or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.

Trump tweeted early Saturday that the report showed that the FBI leadership “opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof” after he had fired Comey.

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey’s firing. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with the Russians, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump. The Times says it’s unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn’t heard anything, apparently “they found nothing.”

Trump has also repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russians.

(AP)




8 COMMENTS

  1. “They found nothing”, it presumably became part of the Mueller investigation which is ongoing, so we know absolutely nothing yet.
    The fact that the question has to even be asked of an American president is the greatest insult to the American people. Nixon was a criminal but not a traitor.

  2. Dear YWN.
    I get that you bring AP articles not because you agree with them, but because that in itself is ‘news’. However, many times it’s totally untrue and so blatantly false that I’m not sure if it’s ‘kosher’…

    The headline, written obviously by people suffering from TDS, reads: “Trump Dodges Question On Whether He Has Worked For Russia” – does any rational person listening to his long and detailed answer feel he is dodging the question? It’s truly unbelievable…

  3. To Dr. Shweks: I did not listen to the 20+ minute clip in this article. Since Trump lies so often, so impulsively and sometimes (but not this time) so unnecessarily, I can guess that his answer is full of lies. Keep your head in the sand of the Trump falsehoods, but I expect that the Republican nominee for president in 2020 will be incumbent Mike Pence, and he will lose the popular vote. The electoral college vote, i.e., the one that counts, is too mysterious to predict.

  4. Interesting, does he not know the word “no”?? Anyone else innocent of this would’ve said immediately NO! Then he could ramble and mumble all he wants. He says he doesn’t care if we know what conversations he had with Putin, think we’ll ever find out from him willingly? Just like he was certainly going to release his tax returns. You can’t believe a word out of this degenerate adulterer’s mouth.

  5. The once hallowed FBI, CIA & agencies are a slimy cesspool of corruption heck-bent on taking down a president at any cost. What goes around comes around… The day will come when ….ck Shumer , Rep.S… Dem liars, fabricators & their minions will be led by rings in their noses to the chopping blocks.. Not Hillary, though.. She’s getting away with literally, murder. Go figure….

  6. Quote for a cold Monday morning in NY:
    ” what do think I used, a rag or something?”
    …. Hillary Rodham Clinton
    In ref to thousands of cleaned emails..
    Lady Luck smilin’ on you, Madame Secty.

  7. its not called dodging. its called saying the truth. some ppl in this world have forgotten what tht word (truth) means.
    clinton, comey etc. yemach shemo