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Trump denies asking Comey to end Flynn investigation

19 Mai 2017

Russian Federation sees "political schizophrenia" in the USA after alleged sharing of intelligence secrets by President Donald Trump with Moscow, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

James Comey was sacked on May 9. "While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said. The memo has not been made available to the public.

No one from the administration would respond to the memo on the record.

The exact nature of that work didn't come out until Flynn left the Trump administration in mid-February over a separate scandal: his failure to disclose private conversations with Russian officials to Pence and other senior White House officials.

On Tuesday, US media reported that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief had written a memo describing how Trump urged him to drop the probe into ties between Flynn and Russian Federation.

Immediately after the meeting, Mr. Comey returned to his office and wrote a memo which revealed that Mr. Trump asked him "I hope you can let this go".

A Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, later told reporters that Moscow had a written record of the conversation, not an audio recording.

It was also reported by CNN this month President Barack Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn during a face-to-face meeting in November.

Trump has long branded the news media, including the Times, as liars and fake news outlets out to get him, going so far as to call them the "enemy of the American people".

The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

It doesn't help things that Flynn's lawyers are not being clear about the level of cooperation Flynn is willing to offer following a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee. "At least Bob Mueller will be standing on the tracks with me", Comey thought, according to The Washingtonian. The Justice Department declined to comment.

The turmoil spilled over into financial markets, as the S&P 500 Index slumped to a three-week low, the CBOE Volatility Index spiked the most since January, and Treasuries rallied with gold.

Officials have told Reuters Trump's alleged disclosure of classified information to Russia's foreign minister is unlikely to stop allies who share intelligence with Washington from cooperating.

Both Putin and the White House have called the story false.

In Washington, Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the Comey memo. He claimed that the FBI had spoiled its reputation in its investigations of the presidential campaigns in last year's elections.

"Even if there is some legal nuance that the President could rely upon to save himself here from an obstruction charge, the allegation (if true) is politically devastating", Moss said. "The chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think.creates a worrisome environment". However, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters after the briefing that "everything he (Rosenstein) said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation". In light of all of this, House Democrats are pushing harder than ever for Congress to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case outside of Capitol Hill. "And there's more behind it". President Donald Trump was about to get the question - the one he'd avoided for almost 48 hours but could no longer.

The intelligence Trump shared came from Israel, the New York Times reported.

Trump denies asking Comey to end Flynn investigation