President Donald Trump's former attorney John Dowd told Fox News" Brian Kilmeade that he believes the president is facing a "coup' and the recent reports regarding the president's relationship with Russian Federation prove that.
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 didn't directly answer the question in a Saturday Fox News interview. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you see that they found absolutely nothing".
The president made light of the reports by noting the drop in gas prices, which is harmful to oil-exporting Russian Federation - although market-driven global oil prices are thought to be far beyond control of any single official including the president.
Trump responded to the Times report in a long series of tweets early Saturday, stringing together a bunch of unfounded claims he's often repeated in attempts to discredit the investigation.
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Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN on Sunday that whether Trump was a witting or unwitting agent of Russian Federation is "the defining question" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
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USA officials learned of Trump's actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson.
Trump also objected to a report in The Washington Post that said he went to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin even from high-ranking officials in his own administration.
"I have done a great service for our country when I fired James Comey because he was a bad a cop, and he was a dirty cop, and he lied", Trump said, referring to his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said the report "may well suggest what it was that helped start this investigation in the first place". "They have been investigating the Trump campaign from the summer of 2016".
On Sunday, congressional Democrats said the steps Trump took to keep his conversations secret brought forth uncomfortable questions about the relations between the two men and why the USA president echoed some of Putin's positions.
Analysts and pundits have also spent the past two years analyzing evidence to determine whether Putin may have compromising material on Trump, as some experts allege.
The Times report also included references to Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, FBI officials who were having an affair and exchanged text messages critical of Trump during the 2016 campaign.