Putin jokingly said his top diplomat needed to be punished because "he has not shared these secrets with us" during a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni Wednesday, avoiding an outright confirmation or denial that the reported incident did, in fact, take place.
"It is hardly new news that there is intense media and public scrutiny on potential Russian interference in the election, possible links with the Trump campaign and the more recent firing of FBI Director Comey".
This is the highest disapproval rating we've measured for Trump so far. "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president".
Schiff, though, remained critical of the White House.
The tide is shifting against Trump as Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) told reporters that if the Comey memo is true, it is grounds for impeachment.
He said he's sure Congress will hear from Comey, though he said it's up to the committees to decide whether he should testify.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump allegedly told Comey, according to the memo. Talk of obstruction of justice, and even impeachment. "And we're not going to be trying to play to the crowd or meet timelines".
In Washington, Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the Comey memo. "Move on to tax reform". Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. "So somebody's going to have to do more than have anonymous sources on this one for me to believe that there's something there".
Two U.S. 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.
In a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Tuesday, the Republican chairman of a House of Representatives oversight committee, Jason Chaffetz, set a May 24 deadline for the FBI to produce all relevant material relating to any communications between Comey and Trump.
"Unfortunately the administration has given such conflicting information, the president's own tweets at times seem to contradict the statements made by staff", she said. "They're saying that there was a stenographer present in the room that was specifically designated to record this meeting and to provide transcripts to the Russian side at least and presumably to the US side as well".
The Senate intelligence committee first requested from the Federal Bureau of Investigation copies of his memos, said the panel's top Democrat, Sen.
"Nobody knows where this really goes from here", the official said. Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, said Trump is still positioned to bring needed change to Washington. Is it obstruction of justice? "I guess that's the task no matter who's in the White House and who's in Congress", he said.
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