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Russia's Putin says ready to give transcript of Trump meeting with Lavrov

19 Mai 2017

It's incredible how having a big mouth can destroy the very fabric of what USA officials have taken for granted for so long.

These events undermine the perception of integrity of the investigative process - not just by the general public, but by intelligence officers and investigators.

After the report came out, US National Security Advisor H R McMaster appeared before the media to push back on the allegations.

But she hints it will be discussed further.

But Defense Secretary James Mattis said that USA allies had not expressed concerns to him about the possibility that sensitive intelligence may have been compromised, noting that he spoke to two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on Tuesday and "it never came up".

"You will appreciate it's a really sensitive area".

"I stand by my statement that I made yesterday", Mr. McMaster said.

A second committee source says this was previously scheduled.

And Vice President Mike Pence insisted Flynn had not discussed Obama-era Russian sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

First, on January 31, 2017, Trump fired Sally Yates, acting attorney general, after she informed the White House several times that then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had lied about his contacts with Russians.

Still, the day-after accounts prompted questions about McMaster's earlier comments on the story that was first reported by The Washington Post.

Pompeo is set to brief the lawmakers later in the day, after they returned from their one-week recess, according to a source familiar with the briefing.

Nonetheless, one possible pernicious effect of these lingering doubts, spurred by the administration's near-daily self-inflicted national security crises, could result in an effort to play down or elide truly sensitive material regarding sources and methods.

Responding to the controversy on Twitter, Mr Trump posted a series of tweets that said: "As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining".

I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community.

The latest drama has rattled already shaky confidence in the president in Washington.

Later, during a news conference, when asked if he had concerns about Mr Trump's ability to handle classified information, Mr McConnell only replied: "No". "It is wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people".

The New York Times, which later picked up the story, said the ally had previously shared information with the United States only to see it leaked, and had warned United States officials that it may cut off access to such information if it is shared too widely.

Trump spoke briefly about the controversy Tuesday in between meetings with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

US President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, next to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

In a narrowly worded denial Monday night, national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters that the Post story about the meeting "as reported" was false.

"The memo is powerful evidence of obstruction of justice and certainly merits immediate and prompt investigation by an independent special prosecutor", said Democratic U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday that landed in the sea near Russian Federation, which experts said signaled major advances in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could target the United States. I need to see it sooner rather than later. "If I breach that, I know I'll be thrown off the committee and maybe even more", he told the MSNBC show, "Morning Joe".

Yet US allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.

Russia's Putin says ready to give transcript of Trump meeting with Lavrov