In an extraordinary development, The Washington Post has reported Saturday that President Donald Trump concealed details about encounters with Russian President Vladimir Putin from officials in his administration on multiple occasions.
Citing current and former U.S. officials, The Post reported that there is reportedly no records on five of Trump’s face-to-face meetings with Putin.
On one occasion, Trump reportedly took notes on an encounter from his own interpreter and directed a linguist not to discuss the meeting with other officials in his administration.
The Post highlighted a 2017 meeting in Hamburg between the two presidents where a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought for information beyond a prepared readout but were denied access to the meeting.
The news comes 24 hours after the New York Times revealed that the FBI launched an investigation into whether Trump was secretly “working on behalf of Russia against American interests.”
Trump has received criticism for ties to the Kremlin, and his campaign is currently being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for potential collusion during the 2016 election.
The president has dismissed claims of Russian interference in American elections as a “hoax.”
The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment on the new report.