Trump Says He Expects US, Russia to Eventually Restore Good Relations

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP NJ- NOVEMBER 20 President-elect Donald Trump greets Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster Township N.J. on Sunday Nov. 20 2016

"I'm not going to comment on New York Times stories but I'll certainly say this: The notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous", Pompeo said on CBS' "Face the Nation" in an interview to be aired Sunday.

The report cites unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. "In the face of those lies, a whole lot of good people... believe that nonsense", Comey told reporters in the halls of the US Senate on December 17.

Mueller, meanwhile, has issued dozens of indictments and steadily chalked up convictions of some of the president's close associates - including his former national security advisor, his former personal lawyer, and his ex-campaign chief.

In a strongly worded reaction, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "This is absurd".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller informed Mr. Trump previous year that he was not a target of his probe, meaning they don't have evidence of a crime.

"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.

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the investigation into Trump days after the FBI opened it, as he examined allegations of Russian election interference, the Times reported.

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"Unlike president Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia", Sanders said.

Unfortunately, even the Times begrudgingly admitted - albeit buried in the ninth paragraph - that "no evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials".

At this point in the campaign, there were two key developments: Mr. Trump had made it clear he wanted better relations with Russia President Vladimir Putin, praising the autocratic leader at times.

"The investigation the F.B.I. 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 wrote Saturday, adding in a separate tweet that he's been far tougher on Russian Federation than his predecessors.

This is the first time a sitting USA president has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of acting as an agent for a hostile foreign power. After a long investigation that included, he says, a wiretap and FBI informants inserted at his side, he was never charged with collusion.

Manafort admitted in a court filing to sharing the data with Russian political consultant Konstantin Kilimnik, who reportedly has intelligence ties, but denied lying about these dealings, claiming that he merely forgot details during the hectic campaign.

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