Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he is willing to give the U.S. House and Senate the written transcripts of the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, proving that Trump did not reveal any secrets to Lavrov during their meeting last week. Trump did not order Comey to shut down the investigation of Flynn, which is still ongoing.
Given the frequency with which Flynn and others reportedly communicated with Russian officials, flat denials by the president and his aides suggest either total ignorance of the actions of Trump subordinates or the capacity for bald-face, repeated lies to the American people. That same day, an official briefed on the situation said that Bharara received a voicemail from one of Trump's assistants, asking him to call back to speak to the president.
"We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo", said Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. "What we do is dispassionately do our jobs, and make sure that the investigations follow the facts, wherever they may lead". But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the US Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".
President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump's former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. When that ended, Trump asked everyone to leave except Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Flynn. Marco Rubio, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said it was "now inescapable" that Comey must testify before Congress.
The Kremlin isn't commenting on the details of the classified information that President Donald Trump shared with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador last week.
"I'm going leave it to the President to talk about and defend his tweets", Ryan said, stressing that he wanted to work on other issues, like health care and tax reform. The president's critics say the disclosure could compromise the source of the intelligence provided by a US ally and make other nations wary about sharing sensitive information with the United States. Trump's imminent threat of a staff reshuffle might have prevented West Wing employees from clambering over White House walls, but some have apparently cloistered themselves within their offices, searching for temporary respite.
"It's the whole pattern here, it's firing Comey and also directing him to end the investigation against Flynn, all of these things are done because he wants to stop an investigation from reaching the highest echelons of the administration and possibly him personally", Ohlin said.
Trump and the White House initially said that he'd chose to fire Comey on Rosenstein's advice, before walking that back some, with the president acknowledging he'd already made that decision. "The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".
Ever the paranoiac, Flynn reportedly believes that the investigation into his background is part of a vast conspiracy plot waged against him by whoever's left in government from the Obama administration to keep him out of the White House.
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