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"We need to investigate, because we don't know whether, you know, the worst-case scenario is possibly true or the President is totally innocent and we need to get this thing over with - and so he can move forward with his agenda". "It's a disgrace that you even asked that question because it's a whole big fat hoax. It is just a hoax", he told reporters as he prepared to leave on a trip to New Orleans on Monday.

All have been frequent targets by right-wing media outlets that claim that the so-called "deep state" to working to undermine Trump's presidency.

Mr Trump faced questions again yesterday about whether he acted for Moscow after it was alleged that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation into him.

Trump was given an opportunity to respond to the report of the FBI investigation on Saturday when he gave an interview to his favorite Fox News channel. Accordingly, it was reassuring that William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general, has signaled in a letter sent to the Senate before he begins confirmation hearings Tuesday that he intends to let Mueller finish his investigation and supports maximum transparency in the results.

If Trump is lying, the insult is to the American people - particularly those who have dedicated careers to countering Russian, and previously Soviet, threats.

This, of course, comes on top of the huge investigation led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election - and the possibility it colluded with Trump's campaign.

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China has denied the detention of the two men is tied to Ms Meng's arrest , but many analysts believe it is a tit-for-tat action. China executes more people than any other country in the world, according to Amnesty International.

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

Cruz said the people he meets in the Lone Star State are far more concerned about their job opportunities, lower taxes, higher wages and border security than Russian interference or the investigation.

It would be unfortunate if Congress had to break political norms to subpoena Marina Gross, the interpreter who was the only other American present past year during a two-hour conversation in Finland with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the interpreter told them that the president had taken the notes after the meeting, and had instructed the translator not to discuss the meeting, the former official said.

Carlson told Goodstein it was unbelievable that investigators would take Trump's campaign-trail insistence on a better relationship with Moscow as evidence of collusion. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russian Federation sought to install through what USA intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.

He said that Democrats would be outraged if the Federal Bureau of Investigation decided that her rapport with a particular country's government was suspect, using the fictional example of Uzbekistan.

"I don't know the details of the specifics there", Cruz said.