Durbin: 'So many questions' about why Trump is 'so chummy' with Putin

Durbin: 'So many questions' about why Trump is 'so chummy' with Putin
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Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Dems petition Saudi king to release dissidents, US citizen GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers Senate votes to confirm Neomi Rao to appeals court MORE (D-Ill.) on Sunday said there are "so many questions" about why President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE is "so chummy" with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This man who is a former KGB agent, never been a friend of the United States, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world and tries his damnedest to undermine our elections. Why is this President Trump’s best buddy? I don’t get it," Durbin said during an interview on ABC's "This Week."

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"And when he take the interpreter’s notes and wants to destroy them so no one can see what was said, it raises serious questions about the relationship between this president and Putin," Durbin added.

Durbin was referencing a Washington Post story published Saturday revealing that Trump has worked to hide the details of his private conversations with Putin, including by taking notes from an interpreter following a 2017 meeting with the Russian leader.   

The Post story was published a day after The New York Times reported that the FBI in 2017 opened an investigation into whether Trump was working on behalf of Russia. The probe was reportedly prompted when Trump fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGeorge Conway responds to Trump calling him a loser: 'Perfect example of the point I was making' Trump: 'I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be' Nadler 'encouraged' by response to Trump documents request MORE.