White House denies Trump tried to influence Comey over Flynn investigation

Geneva Matthews
May 18, 2017

Veteran Republican Senator John McCain warned that reports Trump divulged to Russian Federation information provided by a United States ally "sends a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future".

He likened them to Nazis. The White House denied the account of the conversation.

Reports that President Trump gave Russian officials highly classified information make Russian President Vladimir Putin think "the United States has been developing political schizophrenia", Putin says.

She added that the British relationship with the United States "is the most important defence and security relationship that we have around the world". "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", he said in a pair of tweets Tuesday morning. Two other senior officials who were present, including the Secretary of the State, remember the meeting the same way and have said so.

"Somebody is selectively leaking information and facts, and there's a reason it's selective; it's because they're trying to create - you know, and again, for me to guess why - but at least it appears as though somebody is trying to create a narrative or a problem", he said.

The damage could go deeper if Trump, who heads to the Middle East and Europe on Friday on his first major foreign trip, grows even more convinced that some USA intelligence officials are using leaks as payback for his disparaging remarks, and comes to trust them less.

While affirming that he was not anxious about Trump's disclosure to Russian officials, Mattis admitted that he had no details about Trump's conversation with Lavrov and knew little more about the furor other than what he had "read in the newspapers".

The warning caused for extra screening at airports in certain countries.

Amid a turbulent start to the Trump administration, the past week stands out for its extraordinary sequence of events, said Mr.

The ban is hugely controversial, and not just because it would inconvenience travelers and airlines.

The story came a day after a separate report from The Washington Post suggested Trump had shared highly-classified intelligence about ISIS with Russian officials during a White House meeting last week.

Wisconsin lawmakers are pushing the White House to release information about President Trump's meeting with Russian officials. "And that's a very important relationship....on this story this morning, I don't have any specific information", Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said.

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", the White House said in a statement.

For Democrats but also for some moderate Republicans, there is growing concern that the Trump White House refused to hand over transcripts or tapes, with "three separate congressional investigations ongoing into Russian meddlings or ties between Russian officials and Trump's staff", she said. If the ongoing investigations into Trump's past links with the Russians lead to damning disclosures there would indeed be hell to pay for the USA president. He added that he wants the House intelligence committee fully briefed on what, if anything, was shared with the Russian officials. American intelligence agencies are uniform in their conclusion that Russians hacked the USA election. Trump publicly denounced the report. To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge?

The Times attributed the information to a memo created by Comey while still in charge of the agency, something it said he routinely did to document his conversations with Trump. "That's something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do".

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