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Trump denies he ordered sacking of Russia investigator

WASHINGTON/DAVOS: US President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed as "fake news" bombshell reports that he had ordered the firing of Russia investigation special prosecutor Robert Mueller last year, only backing off in the face of a threatened resignation. "Fake news. Fake news. Typical New York Times. Fake stories," Trump told reporters as he arrived for meetings at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland. The New York Times and other US media reported Thursday that Trump had ordered the firing of Mueller…

Trump says Russia probe will be fair, but timeline unclear: NYT

MIAMI: President Donald Trump said on Thursday he believes he will be fairly treated in a special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential election, but said he did not know how long the probe would last. The federal investigation has hung over Trump’s White House since he took office almost a year ago, and some Trump allies have in recent weeks accused the team of Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller of being biased against the Republican president. But in an interview with the…

Trump says no collusion between his campaign and Russia

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday there was "absolutely no collusion" between his campaign and Russia, his first comment on a guilty plea by his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for fund-raising events in New York. "There’s been absolutely no collusion, so we’re very happy." Flynn was the first member of Trump’s administration to…

Ex-Trump aide Flynn pleads guilty to lying about Russia links

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's former top advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying over his contacts with Russia, in a dramatic escalation of the FBI's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The fourth, and most senior, figure indicted so far in the investigation into Russian interference in last year's election, Flynn appeared in federal court in Washington for a plea hearing less than two hours after the charges against him were made public. "Yes, sir," the retired three star…

Turkey denies ‘ludicrous’ reports of plan to seize cleric from US

ISTANBUL: Turkey has dismissed what it said were ludicrous reports that Turkish officials may have discussed a plan to seize a wanted U.S.-based Muslim cleric and hand him over to Ankara in exchange for millions of dollars. In a statement, the Turkish embassy in Washington repeated Ankara’s request for the extradition of the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who it says masterminded last year’s failed military coup, but said Turkey would not operate outside the law to achieve that goal. The statement followed a Wall Street…

Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russia probe

WASHINGTON; President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday he is under investigation in a probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and seemed to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry. Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the department to investigate the Russia matter, is now examining whether Trump or others sought to obstruct the probe, a person familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday. "I am being investigated for…

Trump considering ‘terminating’ Russia probe leader

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump is considering firing former FBI chief Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating if Russia colluded in last year's bitter election campaign, a friend of the US president said Monday. Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy made the comments on the eve of testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the Trump-Russia probe. His comments came just days after explosive comments by ousted FBI director James Comey to the same committee, suggesting that…

Former FBI chief Mueller to head Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON: A former FBI chief was tasked Wednesday with leading a beefed-up investigation into whether Donald Trump's team colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in the president's favor. Trump responded by once again denying any links to Moscow, but the appointment of a special counsel with sweeping powers dramatically raises the stakes in a crisis threatening to paralyze his presidency. The Republican leader, who has struggled to shake off suspicions that Russia helped put him in the White House, has been…