The Trump administration rejected the report, saying Tillerson in 2017 "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterwards to other USA officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press".
"I do think there is a legal aspect to whether the president meets one-on-one with Vladimir Putin any more", she explained. "I am not keeping anything under wraps", Trump told Fox news in an interview following a report by the Washington Post that claimed he has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration. "You sit with the president of various countries", Trump said.
"It was a great conversation". And, he said if he had subpoena power, the first thing he'd go after would be the notes from the translator in the Putin meeting. "I couldn't care less".
The Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn't launch an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the unnamed officials.
"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 Washington Post alleges that on at least one occasion in 2017 he took away his interpreter's notes after talks. "Nobody ever says anything about it", he said.
Trump blasted the FBI on Twitter, insisting it acted "for no reason & with no proof" when it opened the investigation.
He added: "Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is up for grabs".
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How did Trump & the White House respond?
US President Donald Trump blasted recent reports by The Washington Post and The New York Times that raised questions about his private meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and revealed an FBI investigation into his behaviour after he fired FBI Director James Comey.
Trump made the demand after a July 2017 meeting with the Russian president at the G-20 conclave in Hamburg, Germany, which was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the paper reported Saturday.
The White House spokesperson, speaking anonymously, told the Post that Tillerson "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other USA officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press".
Citing unnamed current and former US officials, the Washington Post reported on Saturday that Trump had taken extraordinary measures to hide the contents of his meetings with Putin.
According to the report, in a break from standard policy and the practices of former presidents, Trump has denied top advisers detailed information of several meetings with the Russian leader, whom United States agencies have accused of seeking to undermine American democracy. 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.
Such standard reactions from Trump "do nothing to address the incredibly serious nature of these allegations", said Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.