Former Trump campaigner Carter Page on Sunday denied that he was an intelligence agent for Russia, while lawmakers appeared on the political morning mornings to urge President Trump to take a sterner approach to the Kremlin.
Page's refusal was his first public reaction to the publication of a scamming application on Saturday stating that he was conducting "intelligence activities" on behalf of Russia. He said the allegations he made on behalf of the country as an agent or informal counselor were "ridiculous" and a "complete joke."
"I have never been an agent of any foreign power by any imagination". Page said on CNN's "State of the Union".
The heavily edited documents were released after a week of grim developments following the President's meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
The president in a joint press conference with the Russian leader said he has no reason to believe that Russia interfered in the 201
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.), a former Trump ally, pleaded with the president on CBS News to impose "new sanctions, tough sanctions" on Russia prior to Putin's visit to Washington.
"Join in with sanctions that would upset Russia if they continued to interfere in the 2018 election," Graham said in CBS's "Face the Nation."
"Just have sanctions that can fall on Russia like a hammer … Meet this guy from a position of weakness … If you were really tough with Putin, he would not do what he does," Graham said.
Graham and Another Legislator, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) Said they still did not know what Trump and Putin said when they met privately in Helsinki last week.
"We have no idea what this President, our President, has agreed to," said Schiff ABC's This Week
"Allegedly, there were agreements on Ukraine, on Syria and who knows what else? .. It is negligent with our national security that we do not know it. "
Ship said Trump" acts like someone who is being compromised by Russia. "
" It may very well be that he is compromised or very well, that he believes he is compromised, that the Russians have information about him, "he said.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), The author of a bill that would impose severe sanctions on Russia if he interferes in a US election, said Trump should meet with Putin without annoying the final of the Russian leader ,  "He is interested in getting an advantage at our expense and to his advantage," said Rubio on CNN.
The draft by Rubio and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) Demands from the Director of National Intelligence to explain if a The foreign government interfered in a parliamentary election within a month. If the foreign government is determined to be Russia, the law requires that the US impose sanctions within 10 days.
The measure gained new co-sponsors last week after Trump seemed to question the consensus of US intelligence in the Kremlin
At the press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump said he had no reason to believe that Russia would interfere in the election. He later said that he had no reason to believe that Russia would "not interfere in the election."
"I do not think it was one of the best moments in the government," Rubio said he appreciated Trump's later attempt to trace his comment.
Rubio, a member of the Intelligence Committee, disagreed with Trump's conclusion that Page's tapping was intended to oversee the Republican presidential campaign.
I do not think it's part of a bigger conspiracy, "he said. [Seite19659022] Page" went around the world and bragged about his ties to Russia "even before the campaign, which meant he was already" on the "At the FBI," said Rubio, "… I do not think they'll see on Carter Page that they've spied on the campaign."
Page accuses law enforcement officials of producing information to their offer to oversee its communications
He said he talked to Russian nationals about incriminating information about Hillary Clinton was "completely wrong" and denied that he had ever talked about lifting Western sanctions with Igor Sachin, a high-ranking Russian official.  "It's really spin," Page said. "I sat at some meetings. To call a consultant is far too exaggerated. … that's really nothing.
The screening documents identified the site by name and said that it was the target of Russian government recruitment, which was released after media organizations had sued for their release.
"I could have attended some meetings Page many people, including people from the Obama administration, were sitting, "said Page.
I've never been close to what's being described here … There was nothing related to nefarious behavior," he said.
Trump on Sunday argued that the documents support his view that the Department of Justice monitors his campaign illegally.
"Looks more and more like the Trump Campaign Because President was illegally spied on (surveillance) for the political benefit of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC … An illegal scam!" Trump tweeted .