According to the Times report, counterintelligence investigators sought to determine whether Trump was intentionally working to further Moscow's goals or had unknowingly succumbed to its influence.
"The liberal media has wasted two years trying to manufacture a fake collusion scandal instead of reporting the fact that unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation".
"I want to find out a little bit more about what happened there", said Senator Ted Cruz, on NBC's "Meet the Press". "This is absurd", she said.
The question came after The New York Times reported that law enforcement officials began investigating, in 2017, whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russian Federation against USA interests.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was Central Intelligence Agency director at the time the investigation was launched, declined to comment on the New York Times report, but insisted in an interview with CBS that "the notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous".
"I've not seen any evidence of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia", Johnson exclaimed.
Thursday, prior to the publishing of The Washington Post's story, Sen.
Trump has been trying to play up his presence at the White House during the standoff as a sign that it's Democrats who won't negotiate a deal.
Trump never answered Pirro's question directly, but went on to say that no president has taken a harder stance against Russian Federation than he has.
President Donald Trump listens as he leads a roundtable discussion on border security with local leaders, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. "I don't get it".
"Will they join us now?"
"James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation", she said in a statement published on Twitter by NBC News' Geoff Bennett.
Robert Mueller inherited the obstruction of justice investigation when he was named special counsel shortly after Comey's firing. Manafort was convicted of financial crimes related to political work he did in Ukraine before the 2016 election as well as witness tampering.
Cohen, who has agreed to testify before Congress on February 7, has disclosed that he negotiated to build a Trump hotel in Moscow up until his boss's nomination as the Republican presidential candidate in 2016. He never spoke ill about Russia, ' Warner told CNN.
Opening an apparent counterintelligence investigation into the president raises questions about timing and the evidentiary basis.
Robert Mueller has spent 20 months investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, and possible collusion between the Trump's campaign and Moscow.
Mueller has been expected to wrap up a report on his findings soon.
Mueller's grand jury investigation, meanwhile, has been extended by a judge beyond its original 18-month mandate.