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Putin to provide transcripts of Trump, Lavrov conversation

19 Mai 2017

But for many Americans, including President Donald Trump's staunchest supporters, the "crisis in Washington" is not about possible missteps by Trump or questions over whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

The White House is in a "downward spiral" and needs to do something to get "under control", Republican Senator Bob Corker has said.

Ryan's comments after a closed-door meeting of House Republicans came as lawmakers grappled with a series of damaging developments out of the White House over the past week.

Putin used the Russian word for audio recording at the press conference, but Yuri Ushakov, his foreign policy aide, said that "audio is not made" at meetings like the one at the Oval Office.

Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. Similarly, Congress could refuse to confirm nominees, or put other Trump priorities on hold, until he set up a proper blind trust, truly divorcing himself - and his nearest family members - from his business empire.

Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama. "At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly".

- The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked for copies of former FBI Director James Comey's memos that detailed his conversations with President Trump. "We will let the evidence take us where it does". Political schizophrenia: saying USA politicians are whipping up what he calls anti-Russian sentiment.

"While there may be understandable angst surrounding the purported Trump-Comey exchange, there does not appear to be a fair legal argument that the exchange constituted an obstruction of justice", she said.

During a speech at the Coast Guard Academy commencement Wednesday, an aggrieved Trump aired his mounting frustrations, declaring that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly". Adversity makes you stronger.

Trump wanted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russian Federation, according to reports citing sources who saw a memo written by Comey.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the US election.

Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, requested the documents be delivered by May 24 and said he would subpoena the information if necessary.

"And if there are transcripts, we need those transcripts as well".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that "less drama from the White Ho us e" was needed to advance legislative priorities. There's a separate procedure for presidents who haven't committed crimes but are considered unfit - maybe because they've suffered a debilitating stroke, or maybe because they have proved themselves mentally unstable.

The New York Times reported later that Israel was the source that shared with USA spy agencies the sensitive intelligence materials. But the scope and frequency experienced by the Trump White House is remarkable. Legal analysts say Trump may have obstructed justice if he asked Comey to drop his investigation of Flynn, but caution that proving intent is key in obstruction of justice cases.

Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the Republican president fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations previous year with Russia's ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

The comments seem to reflect the Trump administration's leanings toward authoritarianism.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump told Comey, recorded in a memo written by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

If he simply asked the director to consider going easy on the fired national security adviser because "he's a good guy", that would not amount to a charge of obstruction of justice if the request were made by an ordinary citizen.

Putin to provide transcripts of Trump, Lavrov conversation