More US Republicans back independent probe of Trump-Russia ties

Ebony Scott
May 19, 2017

Two US officials said on Monday Trump had disclosed classified information about a planned Islamic State operation to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when they met last week, plunging the White House into a fresh controversy just four months into Trump's tenure.

According to the New York Times, Mr Comey wrote in a memo that the President told him: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Russia has repeatedly said that anti-Russian politicians in the USA are using groundless fears of closer ties with Moscow to sabotage any rapprochement and damage Mr Trump in the process.

And if Comey had resigned - or had given the president political license to fire him by breaking publicly with him on a high-profile matter - then Trump would have been able to replace him with a loyal supporter who could have sought to kill the Flynn investigation more quietly.

On a more serious note, Mr Putin, who said Moscow rated Mr Lavrov's meeting with Mr Trump "highly", said Russian Federation was ready to hand a transcript of Mr Trump's meeting with Mr Lavrov over to U.S. lawmakers if that would help reassure them. The president's critics say the disclosure could compromise the source of the intelligence provided by a US ally and make other nations wary about sharing sensitive information with the United States.

Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, demanded all correspondence relating to communications between Comey and the president be presented by 24 May.

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Putin, who still hopes Moscow can fix battered ties with the United States despite a deepening political scandal in the United States related to Trump's purported Russian Federation ties, said Moscow had rated Lavrov's meeting with Trump highly.

"I didn't get elected to serve the Washington media or special interests", Trump said". The American people should speak out, speak up.

His comments were the first since Mr Trump was hit with accusations that he shared secrets while meeting Mr Lavrov in Washington, the latest crisis to hit the White house amid existing investigations into whether Mr Trump's aides colluded with Moscow during the campaign. "The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration shunned such cooperation, citing the Kremlin's efforts to shore up Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The White House maintains that the memo is not an accurate portrayal of the conversation between Mr Trump and Mr Comey. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, called the recent revelations "deeply disturbing".

Democratic lawmakers have demanded that the Justice Department name a special prosecutor to investigate potential ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

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