White House opted for Russian Federation indictments before Putin meeting

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 19, 2018

The White House denied that U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Russian Federation was no longer targeting the United States, saying his answer "no" was about taking questions not about potential interference in U.S. elections.

The president Tuesday said he accepted the US intelligence community's assessment that Russians interfered with the 2016 election - with a qualifier.

Sanders's comments prompted outrage in the United States, including from McFaul, a vocal Putin critic.

Trump appears to contradict DNI Dan Coats' assessment of ongoing efforts by Russian Federation to interfere in US elections; Peter Doocy reports from the White House.

Browder said on Fox Business Network that it was "just shocking" for Trump's spokeswoman to say they were considering letting Russian Federation question USA officials.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump was trying to "squirm away" from his comments alongside Mr Putin.

"I don't believe that for a second. I mean, you literally sold out at this press conference our intelligence community, our justice system, and worse of all, our country".

Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who led the committee's Russian Federation probe, defended the panel's final report, saying Putin's intentions were not clear back then.

"Certainly, I can't have any confidence in the past but I can have a lot of confidence in the present and the future because it's getting to be how where we're putting our people in", Trump said. "The record shows it could have gone either way", Conaway said. "I don't think the president can sustain support all by himself". I want to work forward with Putin toward peace, toward nuclear reduction, working to put pressure on North Korea and China, working together collaboratively in Syria against ISIS. "So if you believe USA intelligence agencies, is Putin lying to you?"

"They were concerned about was the trade craft that was conducted by our intelligence community".

Mr Schumer also urged the Senate to take up legislation to boost security for U.S. elections and to revive a measure passed earlier by the Judiciary Committee to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional committee in February that he already had seen evidence Russian Federation was targeting U.S. elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate are at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments.

"The president was flat out wrong", Michael Morell, former deputy and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency said about Trump's remarks after the Cabinet meeting.

In an interview with CBS News, Trump said he has already addressed election interference with Putin, the Hill reports.

After the outburst of news at the beginning of this week from President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting in Helsinki, Finland, we decided it was time to call a special midweek news roundtable to dig into the headlines.

I was clumsy in how I said it yesterday, because I didn't want to insult him.

Congress overwhelmingly passed a sanctions law previous year targeting Moscow for election meddling. "Those are two separate issues and he's got to realize that".

Ryan said he has not spoken with Trump, who will be hosting GOP lawmakers at the White House later Tuesday to discuss another round of tax cuts.

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