I can tell you this, if you ask the folks in Russian Federation, I've been tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other - probably any other president period, but certainly the last three or four presidents, modern day presidents.
Trump's claim was disputed by Virginia Sen. Warner accused the White House of being very slow to put in place the penalties.
The investigation the FBI opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
Trump's behavior in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the probe, according to the newspaper.
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.
In addition to the Mueller probe, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been conducting a parallel investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle. By May 2017, both Comey and Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page told House investigators past year that by the time the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was sacked and special counsel appointed, there was no hard evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
We had a great conversation, we were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things and it was a great conversation.
Top Republican lawmakers appeared unfazed Sunday by reports that President Donald Trump has "gone to extraordinary lengths" to hide his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the last two years. The report cited unnamed current and former US officials.
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Engel told NPR that issuing a subpoena for an interpreter would be the last resort to find out details of Trump's discussions with Putin. "Anyone could have listened to that meeting".
In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union", Johnson noted the president "was burned by leaks in other areas".
"Every time Trump meets with Putin, the country is told nothing", Engel said in a statement.
"In the coming weeks, the Judiciary Committee will take steps to better understand both the President's actions and the FBI's response to that behavior, and to make certain that these career investigators are protected from President Trump's increasingly unhinged attacks", he said. "I want to see this wall get built".
Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.
After lobbying by European governments that followed the imposition of sanctions, Washington postponed enforcement of the sanctions and started talks with Deripaska's team on removing Rusal and En+ from the blacklist if he ceded control of Rusal.
Schumer, however, contends the Russian oligarch maintains significant influence on these companies, including the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal, and said it's important the sanctions remain in place while Mueller's investigation proceeds.
The businessman, who has close ties to the Kremlin, also had ties with Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, documents have showed.