On July 19, after the Trump met with Putin in Helsinki, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that Trump had asked national security adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to Washington , D.C., in the fall, and that "those discussions are already underway".
They also allege Rosenstien has "repeatedly failed to produce documents" requested by the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that are investigating FBI and DOJ decision-making during the 2016 presidential election, The Hill reported.
Cohen can be heard on the tape saying that he needed to start a company "for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David", a possible reference to David Pecker, Trump's friend and president of the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc.
In an interview transcript released ahead of the Crimea statement, Mr Pompeo said Mr Trump and Mr Putin "didn't find much place to agree " on Ukraine when they met in Finland last week. Putin acknowledged at the summit that he favored the then-Republican nominee because Trump "was the one who wanted to normalize relations with Russian Federation", but has consistently maintained the Kremlin had no part in interfering in the election.
He said it was less than two minutes long, said Trump did not know he was being recorded and claimed that the president had done nothing wrong. Twelve audiotapes seized when federal agents raided the home and office of former Trump private attorney Michael Cohen have now been released to federal investigators .
The audio recording of Trump and Cohen relates to whether Trump should buy the rights of the story from American Media, which paid McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for her story about an alleged 10 month affair with Trump. "It really does signal a more aggressive stance on the part of Michael Cohen ", Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science at Iona College, told AFP when asked about the significance of the leak.