Russian foreign minister mocks United States media over reports of Trump intelligence gaffe

Ruben Ruiz
May 20, 2017

The committee's letter to the FBI asks the agency to hand over the Comey memo if it exists, as well as other documents "memorializing interactions he had with Presidents Trump and Obama, Attorneys General Sessions and Lynch, and Deputy Attorneys General Rosenstein, Boente, and Yates regarding the investigations of Trump associates' alleged connections with Russian Federation or the Clinton email investigation". Look for a hearing on the issue in that subcommittee. Trump aides said he never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor made inappropriate disclosures to the Russians.

Leaving their meeting Wednesday, a number of conservative House Republicans said they and their constituents remained firmly supportive of the president, and they questioned why there are so many leaks coming out that are hurtful to Trump. The FBI is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including looking into any possible links between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin. Adversity makes you stronger.

The New York Times report, which was based on an interview with current and former American officials "familiar with how the United States obtained the information", said the Israelis had previously urged the U.S. to be careful about the handling of intelligence that Trump discussed.

Trump himself hasn't directly addressed the latest allegations that he pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. Don't give in, don't back down.

As for Comey, who Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Flynn and his Russian contacts, according to a person who had read the memo.

It followed a week of chaos at the White House after Trump fired Comey on May 9. He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

Additionally, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he would not comment on The New York Times report, but that he was "happy" with Dermer's statement of support for the US-Israel relationship.

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Rosenstein told senators that he knew Comey would be fired before he wrote his letter, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill said. Some senators were frustrated at the briefing because Rosenstein did not want to answer all their questions, Durbin said.

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Flynn is faced with mounting legal bills, and held a meeting with friends to try to spur more work for his lobbying firm. The committee last week issued a subpoena for documents regarding his interactions with Russian Federation officials.

The White House vigorously denied it all.

The Washington Post reported this week that Trump shared highly classified information with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak about an Islamic State terror threat involving laptop computers on aircraft.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, said Rosenstein wasn't prepared to outline other circumstances surrounding the firing of Comey out of his belief that it could come within the territory of Mueller's investigation.

The remarks come as Trump prepares to leave Friday for his first foreign trip as president: a nine-day tour that will take him through five cities.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation.

Despite the revelation, Trump still chose Flynn as his national security adviser, giving him access to nearly every state secret, the Times said. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

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