In two tweets, Trump said the conversation with the diplomats was an acceptable way to provide facts related to airline safety and terrorism, and he declared he had "the absolute right" to share the details. "That is what Congress does in conducting oversight of the executive branch", he said. After Trump abruptly fired Comey last week, Jones and Amash again joined the ranks of Democrats calling for an independent investigation into Russia's possible ties to the Trump administration.
And regarding a separate report - also disputed by the White House - that Trump shared classified intel with the Russians, Republican Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock called for "immediate classified briefings".
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff (D-CA) also asked for an independent commission to lead the investigation.
It followed a week of chaos at the White House after Trump fired Comey on May 9. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.
Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump's meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as us politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".
FBI Director James Comey during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 20, 2017. At its conclusion, the president asked everyone in the room to leave except the then-FBI director, to whom Trump made a specific appeal about an ongoing investigation.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz said in a tweet Wednesday that he still hasn't spoken with Comey about testifying.
He said questions from his foreign audiences included "How close are we to a dictatorship?" "But when you add them all up, you have a very plausible obstruction of justice case, I think".
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The Russian President added that he was "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next". But Trump is loyal to no one-The New York Times reports that he's now soured on son-in-law Jared Kushner, because Kushner supported Comey's firing and did not predict political blowback. The White House said the memo was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal" of the conversation.
Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before he was sacked for lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. The president's critics say the disclosure could compromise the source of the intelligence provided by a USA ally and make other nations wary about sharing sensitive information with the United States.
"What we have now are at least the potential of tapes, transcripts and memos", Sen. "I hope you can let this go", the memo reportedly quotes Trump as saying. But there is more than enough cause for concern, and we're heartened to see that congressional Republicans agree. That's when, Comey later wrote, the president had asked him to ease off Flynn.
The information had been shared with Trump by an ally, so his passing it along to Russian Federation violated the confidentiality of an intelligence-sharing agreement with that country, the official said.
National Security Advisor HR McMaster said that "at no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly".
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