Ted Cruz: Americans outside D.C. don't care about Russian Federation investigation

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2019

"You sit with the president of various countries", Trump said.

The report about Trump's meetings with Putin follows a Friday report from The New York Times that the F.B.I. opened an investigation into whether or not Trump was acting on Russia's behalf after Trump fired former F.B.I. director James Comey in 2017.

The U.S. president has described the inquiry as "a witch hunt".

USA intelligence agencies have said Moscow tried to tip the election to Trump.

He said that the report only suggests that after Comey was sacked in May of 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department "very rashly" thought they found a crime of obstruction against Trump. Mr. Trump said he believed the Russian president, contradicting the conclusions of the US intelligence community. "They've actually gotten me wrong for many years before that". Warner accused the White House of being very slow to put in place the penalties.

This alleged inquiry was eventually merged into the Mueller investigation.

Cruz said people he spoke with in Texas were concerned about economic issues and border security, not about the ongoing probes and allegations about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In the Fox News interview, Trump questioned why the newspaper made such a "big deal" out of his discussions with Putin in Helsinki last summer.

In one instance, following a meeting Trump had with Putin in Hamburg, Germany, in 2017 that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also present for, a White House adviser and a senior State Department official were seeking additional information from Trump's interpreter that was more than the information provided in a readout from Tillerson. CNN reported that the intended recipients were two pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarchs.

'Republican campaign doctrines softened on Russian Federation and decreased their willingness to defend Ukraine'.

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 now or has ever worked for Russian Federation.

"Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, nearly all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin' James Comey, a total sleaze!" the president tweeted.

"If you compare objectively President Trump's policies to Russia compared to President Obama's policies to Russia, by any measure, President Obama was much easier, much more gentle on Russia", Cruz said. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written and if you read the [New York Times] article you see that they found absolutely nothing".

"In fact, when I was sacked as director, I still didn't know whether there was anything to it", Comey said in testimony, according to the transcript.

Trump dismissed the notion in Saturday's interview, but without ever directly denying that he was working as a secret agent for Russian Federation.

"FBI senior leadership could not accept Comey was sacked for cause and the president had the constitutional authority to terminate Comey".

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