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Paul Ryan: 'We need the facts' before rushing to judgment

18 Mai 2017

Firing FBI Director James Comey is already coming back to haunt President Donald Trump.

Israel had shared the intelligence with the United States on the condition that it not be identified as the source of the information, unnamed current and former USA officials told ABC.

The White House said Trump wasn't briefed on the source of the intelligence and didn't know where it came from when he passed it along to the Russians.

"Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts".

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., also argued an independent commission would have the resources necessary to fully investigate the president's actions.

The care and handling of intelligence information is as much art as anything else.

Trump took to Twitter to insist he had the "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian Federation.

On a more serious note, Putin said, "If the USA administration considers it possible, we are ready to deliver the record of Lavrov and Trump's meeting to the Senate and the Congress of the U.S".

"If true, these memoranda raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation as it relates to Lt. Gen. Flynn,"Chaffetz wrote to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe".

The Justice Department declined to comment.

"Maybe this is when we find out", he said.

"We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time", said Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lamented how the "drama" from the report would slow down the Republican conference's packed legislative agenda, and House Speaker Paul Ryan repeated calls for a thorough investigation.

First, it's important to note that the White House is denying that any such thing happened, calling the description of the conversation neither "truthful or accurate."

Trump's remarks to Comey immediately evoked comparisons to President Richard Nixon's conversations in the Oval Office as the Watergate scandal unfolded. Comey was abruptly fired by Trump at a time when he was leading an investigation into whether Trump's election campaign had links with Russia's alleged interference in the United States polls. But the White House has provided differing accounts of the firing.

Comey had been overseeing investigations into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 election in his favor. "Today it is not just sad, it causes concern because people who generate such nonsense, can generate even bigger nonsense [in the future]", Putin said.

"On a long list of mistakes and bad judgment calls", Winkler said, "this is by far the worst".

Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down the federal investigation into since-ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, The New York Times reported Tuesday evening.

Comey did not say anything to Trump about curtailing the investigation, only replying: "I agree he is a good guy". They're also asking whether Comey memorialized any other conversations during the Obama presidency or whether he only chose to take notes about Trump. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president's comments were "wholly appropriate". High crimes and misdemeanors, to use the U.S. Constitution's phrase, aren't the same as ordinary crimes.

Two U.S. officials said on Monday that Trump had disclosed highly classified information to Lavrov about a planned Islamic State operation, plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump's short tenure in office.

This included former officials who had withheld judgment earlier Tuesday in the hopes that Israel was not involved, before a growing avalanche of reports that the leaked intelligence had indeed come from Israel.

Associated Press writers Vivian Salama and Jill Colvin contributed.