Addressing reporters during a press availability at the White House yesterday afternoon, President Donald Trump refused to say definitively whether he would sit down for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller if a request was made.
A January 2017 assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) stated that Russian leadership preferred presidential candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an "influence campaign" to harm Clinton's electoral chances and "undermine public faith in the USA democratic process".
He said it "was a bad deal for the US", repeating comments made when he announced the United States withdrawal last June.But he said he had no problem with the accord itself.A U.S. pull-out will make the USA in effect the only country not to be part of the accord.
The 71-year-old president has strenuously denied that his campaign worked with Russian Federation to undermine the campaign of Trump's rival Hillary Clinton.
President Donald Trump said during an interview with The Wall Street Journal that he should get more credit for "having great insight" when he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last May.
"When they have no collusion and nobody's found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview", Trump said during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. That's perhaps ridiculous and a lot of people looked upon that as being a very serious breach and it really was.
Like Bigfoot and UFOs, the Russian Federation narrative is alive and well in the national media, despite a continuing lack of evidence of "collusion" between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
WaPo again: "Of the three congressional panels investigating the president and Russian Federation, only the Senate Intelligence Committee appears to have maintained bipartisan calm".
That's because while he was not under oath, Patrick Davis, the deputy chief investigative counsel for panel Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, informed Simpson at the start of the session that the U.S. Code "makes it a crime to make any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation in the course of a congressional investigation".
The Wisconsin Republican was referring to Trump's asking during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers why the USA should admit more immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa. The latter is the only option that would be compulsory for Mr Trump to attend.
He also served as assistant counsel to Vice President Al Gore in the Clinton White House, where he managed responses to investigations conducted by Congress, the Justice Department, and Office of the Independent Counsel.
The president was livid about Bannon's remarks - not just at the insults about his family, but also at his former strategist's apparent intent to take credit for Trump's election victory and political movement, according to a White House official and two outside advisers not authorized to speak publicly about internal conversations.
The White House supports reauthorization, but Trump escalated the intermittent war with his intelligence agencies on Thursday in a series of Twitter posts that threatened to torpedo the vote.
On Wednesday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, with the head of a Washington firm that commissioned a dossier on Mr Trump compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.
A spokesman for Nunes declined to comment.
Mr Simpson defended the research file, which purported to show financial and personal links between Mr Trump, his advisers and Moscow.
The committee is expected to hear at least one witness related to the Russian Federation probe as soon as next week: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI a year ago and is cooperating with Mueller's investigation.
Mueller has also tentatively set a trial date in May for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was indicted in October on charges, including money-laundering conspiracy, related to his lobbying work on behalf of a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party.