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President Trump, brushing off criticism of his summit with Vladimir Putin, floated the possibility Thursday of a “second meeting” with the Russian president

President Trump, brushing off criticism of his summit with Vladimir Putin, floated the possibility Thursday of a “second meeting” with the Russian president – even as a new firestorm broke out over his consideration of Putin’s bid to question former U.S. government officials. 

“The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media. I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed," Trump tweeted. 

He described their agenda as "stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more."





But aside from the continuing fallout over Trump's initial comments on election meddling, the administration is facing new backlash for even entertaining Putin's proposal with regard to the Robert Mueller probe. 

The Russian leader had proposed an unusual quid pro quo. He offered to let the special counsel team question newly indicted Russian officers as part of the election meddling case, if Russians could question certain U.S. individuals. 

Trump, on the spot at their Helsinki press conference, called the offer “incredible.” On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders neither endorsed nor rejected the offer. 

"He wants to work with his team and determine if there’s any validity that would be helpful to the process," Sanders said, noting Trump has made no "commitment." 

"The president is going to meet with his team," she said. 

But the plan swiftly set off alarm bells in Washington, especially among Putin's apparent targets. 

The first individual Putin voiced interest in questioning was Bill Browder, a prominent critic despised by the Kremlin for his role in pushing sanctions legislation around the world. 

Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, has worked for years to advocate on behalf of his associate Sergei Magnitsky, whom he had hired to uncover massive financial fraud in Russia. Magnitsky died in Russian police custody nearly a decade ago, allegedly beaten to death. Browder later successfully pushed Russia sanctions legislation named after Magnitsky in the U.S. and beyond. 

Browder, an American-born British citizen, noted to Fox News that Trump would not have “jurisdiction” over him.

But Putin's list grew longer as soon as the summit was over.


On Tuesday, news agencies linked to the Russian government reported that prosecutors were seeking to interview former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and 10 other "U.S. officials and intelligence agents" in connection with their case against Browder. Russian prosecutors accused the financier of laundering $1.5 billion through offshore accounts and donating $400,000 of that to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

Russia also wants to question former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor David Kramer; Department of Homeland Security official Todd Hyman; CIA agent Jim Rote and John Kerry aide Jonathan Winer, among others, according to Russia’s “Interfax” news agency.

McFaul, who was ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, blasted the White House response in an email to Fox News on Wednesday.

“Work with his team to do what?” e wrote. “The Trump administration needs to denounce categorically the moral equivalency between a legitimate indictment of Russian intelligence officers and a crazy, invented Russian conspiracy about American government officials assisting in an alleged money laundering scheme to help the [Hillary] Clinton campaign.”

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