Trump's Two Hours Alone With Putin Still Rattling Washington

Trump's Two Hours Alone With Putin Still Rattling Washington

Trump's Two Hours Alone With Putin Still Rattling Washington

Trump clarified Tuesday that he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies" and has pledged to "repel" any future Russian efforts to interference in USA elections.

Butina, a gun rights activist, founded a pro-gun group in Russian Federation called Right to Bear Arms, which Butina told the Senate panel was the recipient of Nikolaev's funding, a person familiar with her testimony told the Post.

She said the United States has four main adversaries: Russia, China, NorthKorea and Iran. The spokesman declined to confirm to the Post whether Nikolaev gave her financial support.

Nikolaev's fortune has been built largely through port and railroad investments in Russian Federation. "President Trump's public statements were alarming enough". "They didn't agree on anything, unlike what has been reported by apparently the Russian government in a way to mislead us", Bossert added.

Aside from those facts, "all the rest of this speculation and smoke is meant to undermine" the president, Bossert insisted."It's domestic partisan political concern mixed with some legitimate need to throw our intelligence forces against the prevention of spying and interfering in the United States". Konstantin Nikolaev was spotted at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, during Trump's inauguration in January 2017, according to two people familiar with his presence.

Nikolaev was in contact with Butina as she launched the group between 2012 and 2014, a spokesman for the billionaire told the Post. -Russian economic relations during Democratic former President Barack Obama's administration.

Putin has denied that Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 presidential election after the USA intelligence community concluded Russian Federation interfered through cyber attacks and social media in a bid to boost Trump's candidacy.

Putin: Trump was 'of no interest' to Russian Federation before 2016 election
Mr Coats' statement was seen as an uncommonly brusque pushback by the USA intelligence community against the White House. Trump's decision to side with Putin left a wake of confusion and outrage in the US.

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina had wider high-level contacts in Washington than previously known, taking part in 2015 meetings between a visiting Russian official and two senior officials at the U.S. Federal Reserve and Treasury Department.

Prosecutors say Butina engaged in a years-long campaign as a covert agent for the Kremlin in an attempt to "advance the interests of her home country". "The plan for Butina also required, and she demonstrated, a willingness to use deceit in a visa application to move to the United States and bring the plan to fruition".

Paul Saunders, the think tank's executive director, said Torshin spoke at an April 2015 event about the Russian banking system and Butina attended.

In August 2016, she came to Washington to study full-time as a graduate student at American University.

Since then, Coats has apologized for his seemingly "awkward" response, and said that he wasn't trying to disrespect Trump. The Russian government has proclaimed Butina's innocence, promoting the hashtag #freeMariaButina on social media.

In the phone call, Lavrov stressed "the unacceptability of the actions of the USA authorities, who have arrested Russian citizen Maria Butina in the United States on the basis of fabricated charges, and the need for her early release", according to Interfax.

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