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Putin 'Ready to Provide Records' of Lavrov-Trump Exchange

19 Mai 2017

An associate of Comey's, who remains anonymous, read sections of that memo to a New York Times reporter.

The Times report may present the clearest evidence yet that the president has tried to influence government investigations into links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. The existence of the memo was later corroborated by other sources to other outlets.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he is ready to provide Congress a transcript of the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

"If the USA administration finds it necessary, we are ready to provide the record of the conversation between Trump and Lavrov to the Senate and Congress", Putin said.

White House Denial No one from the administration would respond to the memo on the record. It is the kind of conversation that a White House counsel should make sparklingly, crystal clear to a president that he is not to engage in, not even close.

Burr and Warner also called for Comey, who hasn't appeared before the committee since his May 9 firing, to testify in closed and open sessions.

An administration official confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that the original intelligence came from Israel.

As the controversy swirled, Trump said in a speech to U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT he did not get elected "to serve the Washington media or special interests". The White House pointed to congressional testimony by McCabe last week in which he said there has been no effort to impede the FBI's probe.

He stressed though that for Trump to have broken the law in pressuring the FBI to drop the Flynn investigation, the FBI investigation would have to be "connected to a judicial proceeding".

Not long afterward, the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee made a similar request for all memos that Comey may have written about meetings with the president.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Carol Cratty declined to comment.

The visit had already generated its share of scandal after Moscow released pictures of the closed-door Oval Office meeting showing Trump and Lavrov grinning after White House officials presumed they would not be made public.

House Republican Justin Amash of MI said that it may have been an abuse of his office.

Politico reported that the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have also requested Comey's memos.

Sky's New York Correspondent Hannah Thomas-Peter said Mr Putin's comments are unlikely to be welcomed by the President.

Fears over the safety of spies and informants have led to questions about allies passing intelligence to the United States after the "Washington Post" reported that Mr Trump had revealed highly classified information from a U.S. intelligence partner about an Isil plot.

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism. "Both American Presidents who were subjected to impeachment proceedings in the last century - Bill Clinton in 1998 and Richard M. Nixon in 1974 - were accused of obstruction of justice", it pointed out.

Northern California Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa said he doesn't see the need for a special prosecutor.

Putin dismisses scandal involving Trump sharing intelligence with Russian Federation as 'schizophrenia'. "If Comey believed this was an obstruction of justice, why didn't he act on it when it occurred three months ago?"

Putin 'Ready to Provide Records' of Lavrov-Trump Exchange