The Post said it wasn't clear if there were other instances when Trump took his interpreter's notes after meeting with Putin.
US officials only learned of Trump's actions when two aides sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout from then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Post said. Trump also wrote that those who initiated the investigations, mostly former FBI leaders he has fired for "very bad reasons", did it with "no reason and no proof" as a response to his firing of Comey.
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on Mon., July 16, 2018.
Trump surprised his aides by deciding, with just a few hours' notice, to call in to Jeanine Pirro's show on Fox News on Saturday night to push back against coverage of his presidency on multiple fronts, particularly published reports about his approach toward Russian Federation.
"I have concluded that the Treasury Department's proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska's control and influence of these companies and the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump Administration and keep these sanctions in place", Schumer said in a news release. Trump also instructed the interpreter "not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials", in the Post's words.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Post he "was present for the entirety of the two presidents' official bilateral meeting in Hamburg", but declined to share additional details.
"When you get outside the Beltway, I don't see anyone concerned about this at all", Cruz told NBC News' Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press", according to NBC News. Presidents obviously have the right to change American foreign policy, and to forge friendships with countries that had been previously hostile. "Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is up for grabs".
"I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less".
He said the easing is a particular misfire "given Mr. Deripaska's potential involvement with [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort".
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the counterintelligence inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing".
"I mean, it's so ridiculous, these people making up", Trump said, claiming the Post is a "lobbyist" for Bezos' interests. They cited Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a controversy that many believe helped Trump defeat the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election.
"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. The probe is not just about Russian election interference, or about Trump's obstruction of the probe - it is about the secret relationship between Trump and Russia that appears to be causing both these things to happen.